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I'm not sure if the cable leading from the lock isn't placed properly.
I try to close the hood.. the lock won't catch... what I find
interesting is when I lock the doors w/ the remote on the key, the
signal lights flash as normal. Usually the lights don't flash if the
trunk or hood is open... Does the car think the hood is closed??
Please help before someone steals my battery, etc... Thanks!!
 
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"handogg" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> I'm not sure if the cable leading from the lock isn't placed properly.
> I try to close the hood.. the lock won't catch... what I find
> interesting is when I lock the doors w/ the remote on the key, the
> signal lights flash as normal. Usually the lights don't flash if the
> trunk or hood is open... Does the car think the hood is closed??
> Please help before someone steals my battery, etc... Thanks!!
>


Take a look at the hood latch. it is made up of to flat pieces of metal
with channels that guide the loop in the hood. When the hood is open, the
channels should line up facting upwards. If the latch is engaged, one of
the pieces of metal will be rotated so that the channel is oriented
sideways, trapping the loop in the hood. If this is the case, insert a
screwdriver or sturdy metal rod through the opening and lift upwards while
someone releases the hood from inside to open the latch. Then coat with a
generous coating of lithium grease to make sure the latch operates smoothly.
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Here in Georgia, we'd just use duct tape to keep the thing shut. It's real
cheap, it goes with everything, and it's a safe bet no one will think of
stealing anything from your car if it's got duct tape all over it.


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> "handogg" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> I'm not sure if the cable leading from the lock isn't placed properly.
>> I try to close the hood.. the lock won't catch... what I find
>> interesting is when I lock the doors w/ the remote on the key, the
>> signal lights flash as normal. Usually the lights don't flash if the
>> trunk or hood is open... Does the car think the hood is closed??
>> Please help before someone steals my battery, etc... Thanks!!
>>

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> Take a look at the hood latch. it is made up of to flat pieces of metal
> with channels that guide the loop in the hood. When the hood is open, the
> channels should line up facting upwards. If the latch is engaged, one of
> the pieces of metal will be rotated so that the channel is oriented
> sideways, trapping the loop in the hood. If this is the case, insert a
> screwdriver or sturdy metal rod through the opening and lift upwards while
> someone releases the hood from inside to open the latch. Then coat with a
> generous coating of lithium grease to make sure the latch operates
> smoothly.
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> Ray O
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That doesn't seem to be the case because the hood will go down but when
i let go it comes right back up. The latch wont keep the hood "Down"
and locked. Any help is appreciated. Thanks. Only helpful comments
please. I was not amused by the duct tape.
 
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"handogg" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> That doesn't seem to be the case because the hood will go down but when
> i let go it comes right back up. The latch wont keep the hood "Down"
> and locked. Any help is appreciated. Thanks. Only helpful comments
> please. I was not amused by the duct tape.
>


OK, you have the opposite problem from the one I described. It seems like
the latch is not engaging. Use aerosol lithium grease and apply a generous
coating on the latch. If you want to see what is going on, try to engage
the latch with a screwdriver and see if it turns and engages. Worst case,
you may need a new latch.

Another possibility is that the hood bumpers are adjusted too high. The
bumpers are round rubber pieces mounted on a threaded shaft which screws
into the fender or radiator support at the front of the car. You can adjust
them downwards by turning the bumper clockwise.

I didn't provide the duct tape idea, but it could be a last resort temporary
fix. The tape will leave a residue behind that you can remove with Goof
Off, bug and tar remover, or mineral spirits.

Good luck!
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On 19 Jan 2006 20:36:25 -0800, "handogg" <[email protected]> wrote:

>That doesn't seem to be the case because the hood will go down but when
>i let go it comes right back up. The latch wont keep the hood "Down"
>and locked. Any help is appreciated. Thanks. Only helpful comments
>please. I was not amused by the duct tape.


I was.
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RAY,

Thanks for your help. I removed the rubber nubs from under the hood
completely. I also removed the long piece of rubber that goes along
the front end of the hood. That STILL did not help. I pulled the
cable from under the radiator support some and pulled the release
switch a few times and it eventually closed and locked. It's closed
now so I don't need to worry about it until my next oil change or
service. Thanks for your help. But please don't forget about this. I
will likely post again on my next oil change.. [email protected]
 
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"handogg" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> RAY,
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> Thanks for your help. I removed the rubber nubs from under the hood
> completely. I also removed the long piece of rubber that goes along
> the front end of the hood. That STILL did not help. I pulled the
> cable from under the radiator support some and pulled the release
> switch a few times and it eventually closed and locked. It's closed
> now so I don't need to worry about it until my next oil change or
> service. Thanks for your help. But please don't forget about this. I
> will likely post again on my next oil change.. [email protected]
>


You're welcome!

Hmmm... It sounds like the latch release cable is binding. Perhaps you can
disconcnect it from the latch and from the inside relase and try to free it
up.

Good luck!
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Well the hood is locked now but I'm still curious. What exactly do you
mean by "Binding" and what exactly would I do to free it up. Does the
cable have to be positioned at a certain length? The plastic that
holds it to the radiator core every few inches is only in place at
about every other one. Thanks Again.
 
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"handogg" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Well the hood is locked now but I'm still curious. What exactly do you
> mean by "Binding" and what exactly would I do to free it up. Does the
> cable have to be positioned at a certain length? The plastic that
> holds it to the radiator core every few inches is only in place at
> about every other one. Thanks Again.
>


The hood release cable moves inside a black plastic sleeve. When you pull
the hood release latch from inside the car, it pulls the cable about an inch
or so. The other end of the cable is attached to the hood release latch.
The latch is a flat piece of metal with a U or sideways C -shaped channel.
When the latch is closed, the opening faces the side of the car and when it
is released, the opening faces upwards, freeing the hood. If the opening
was sideways when the hood is open, the loop on the hood would strike the
side of the locking latch instead of going into the channel and then moving
the channel sideways to keep the hood shut.

When you release the interior latch, the cable should move back to its
original position. If the latch or cable is binding, the cable might not
move back to its original position.

Another possibility is that the mechanism that holds the latch sideways is
not working properly.

Good luck!
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Me thinks humor is a wonderful thing, laughter has the ability to fix what
ails ye...

"handogg" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> That doesn't seem to be the case because the hood will go down but when
> i let go it comes right back up. The latch wont keep the hood "Down"
> and locked. Any help is appreciated. Thanks. Only helpful comments
> please. I was not amused by the duct tape.
>
 
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