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What is a Hood Latch and where is it Located?
Your vehicle uses a latch mechanism to keep the hood securely closed. It ensures that the hood doesn’t fly open unexpectedly and block your vision at highway speeds, which would, of course, be rather unsafe for you and other drivers. It must also however, allow the hood to open at the ready so you can work under the hood to make repairs or even to perform simple tasks like adding windshield washer fluid or checking your battery.
The latch mechanism actually consists of two latches. The first latch is connected by a cable to a handle inside your vehicle. When you pull the handle, the cable releases the latch and lets the hood pop up a couple of inches. This allows you access to the second safety latch, under the hood, which lets you open the hood all the way.
How do I Know if my Hood Latch Needs to be Replaced?
Unfortunately, you might find out that your hood latch needs to be replaced when you go to pop your hood and nothing happens. Accidents that damage the hood may shift the latch out of proper alignment leaving you unable to open the hood. The latch may also become worn or jammed by time or corrosion.
Although often the hood latch may become stuck, it may also become loose through many of the same causes. If your hood doesn’t close tightly or won’t stay closed, it could spontaneously open on the highway. A loose hood latch poses serious danger to you and to other drivers and should be replaced immediately.
Can I Replace a Hood Latch Assembly Myself?
Replacing a stuck hood latch assembly presents something of a catch-22. In order to do so, you must, somehow, gain access to the hood. It is possible to manually release the latch with a screwdriver, pliers, or a coat hanger. The latch hook can usually be found behind the grill, near the radiator support. With luck, that should be the most difficult part of replacing your hood latch. Before you remove the old hood latch, you may want to use chalk to mark its position. This will help you get the new one lined up correctly. Other than that, you’ll just have to unbolt the old handle, disconnect it from the hood release cable and attach the new one and bolt it on. Check that the new latch has a good hold on the hood before you drive your vehicle again.
Need a Replacement Hood Latch?
A hood latch assembly may be a small part that is kind of an afterthought for most, but it plays an important role. If, traveling down the road, your hood latch fails and the safety latch gives way, the hood can actually fly off the car or truck, posing a serious hazard to you and anyone behind you because of its inability to be closed. On top of that, you won’t be able to open your hood and get at those vital engine components when you need to inspect or repair something. So, don't hesitate to replace a questionable hood latch assembly and keep your vehicle safe. Luckily, 1A Auto carries a wide assortment of aftermarket hood latches for many makes and models, and at great prices!
At 1A Auto, we make shopping for replacement hood latches for your car, truck, SUV or van easy - we're here to help you select the right parts for your vehicle! Call our customer service toll free at 888-844-3393 if you have any questions about our aftermarket hood latch replacement parts, warranty, compatibility or to purchase, or you can buy online. Order now and repair or replace your bent or defective latch and bring back the safety and integrity of a safely latched hood.
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