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How to Remove Hood Latch 09-18 Ram 1500

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How to Remove Hood Latch 09-18 Ram 1500

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken or snapped power door lock actuator on 16 Dodge Ram pickup truck.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Hood Latch
    • Pry the clips up on the radiator shield with a pry tool
    • Mark the latch position with a marker
    • Pry back the red lock tab, and press the button to disconnect the electrical connector
    • Remove the 10mm bolts from the hood latch
    • Remove the cable from the hood latch
  2. step 2 :Installing the Hood Latch
    • Attach the cable to the hood latch
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the hood latch
    • Connect the electrical connector
    • Close the hood to test the latch
    • Insert the radiator shield into place
    • Press the clips to the radiator shield

Tools needed for replacement

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

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Hi, I’m Mike from 1A Auto. We’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

In this video we're going to be removing and installing the hood latch in a 2016 Ram 1500 Pick-up. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

I'm going to open the hood. Right under your steering wheel, this little lever pops the hood. The hood safety latch is right here. I'm going to pull it to the left and pull up. We're going to pull this panel off. There's some clips, you're going to use a clip tool to get underneath here. There's one over here too. It's easier if you go under it and pry up on it. You could go underneath the clip and pry, but sometimes you break the clip, so we'll just go underneath it. Pry up, pry that up, and just pull this off out of the way.

Before we pull the latch off, we're going to mark it with a felt-tip pen. We’re going to get in here and mark it over here, so that when we take it out, it will be in the similar location as when we put it in. Disconnect this connector. There’s a little lock tab here. If you use a flat-blade screwdriver, pull that red tab out and then we're going to use our thumb and push down on the lock. Pull it out.

With this connector out, I can use my felt-tip pen and mark right here and a better marking than that. Now I'm going to use a 10 millimeter socket and a ratchet. Take this bolt out, there's two bolts that hold this on: one here and then one over here. Once they're broken free, you can take them out by hand. Take that out, pull this up, and twist it around. I can use some needle-nose pliers, and on this there's a little lock for the cable. Squeeze that and pull the cable through and then you can pull it up that way and pull the little ball out and there's your latch.

To reinstall this, we'll take the cable, and this lock goes right through there. And then you're going to slide it through here through that lock. And then we line this back up with our marks and put the bolts back in.

Before I tighten these back down, I want to make sure it's lined up with where I took it off. Check over here on this one. Make sure that's lined up. And I can tighten down the bolts. Snug those down. Then I can reconnect the connector and then push down the lock. I'm going to close it and test it to make sure it works. Make sure everything's lined up. Looks like the hood is lined up good. We'll reopen it. It pops up good. And it works good.

Next we're going to put this cover on. Get all the holes lined up for the pushpins. Push those in, right there.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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