Hood is Difficult to Close

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  1. MP81

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    By latch, do you mean pulling on the release handle? Yeah, it pops back on its own solidly - that portion seems to be good.

    Just going on what I remember from yesterday, it seems like the portion on the hood might be too far back, or at a slightly wrong angle or something...that circular collar that retains the spring should, in my mind, be centered on the latch hole in the body.
     
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    Just to update since I finally messed with this today - I rotated the spring around and now that collar sits further forward and the hood closes from the latched position with a simple push down, like it should. Super easy! Not sure why it had rotated, as it takes some effort, but that's what did it!
     
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    Are the hinges wore out ? And play with the adjustments as needed
     
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    Hinges all seem to be good, springs as well. Just, for whatever reason, the catch spring was sitting slightly too far back until I rotated it and now it's where it wants to be.
     
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    Just be careful the first few miles at speed. These latch assemblies are notorious for allowing the hood to open, often over bumpy roads if not adjusted just right. If you pull the hood release lever does the hood stop at the secondary latch? It should, that's your fail safe.
     
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    Yup, you have to hold the release in order to fully open the hood.

    I'll definitely keep an eye on the hood whenever I do finally get the car out this year.
     
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    Probably not same situation but I just noticed my hood was hitting my radiator. I have the biggest radiator I could stuff in there...looks like ill need to either remove the rubber radiator supports from under it, or shave a bit from corners of radiator.


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    What radiator is that?
     
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    What brand of hood do you have ? And is the front binding in the front because of the radiator ? I have a GlasTek 6" cowl hood and a Griffen Aluminum radiator in mine .Even with Glastek hood springs I have no issues with mine.
     

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    HOLY MOLY Giggity!!! That radiator is huge. What are you cooling with that thing??
     

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