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How to Replace Hood Latch 02-09 Toyota 4Runner

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How to Replace Hood Latch 02-09 Toyota 4Runner

Created on: 2019-10-01

Watch this video to learn how to replace the hood latch on your 02-09 Toyota 4Runner.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Hood Latch
    • Pry out the push pin retainers to remove the plastic trim
    • Pry out the plastic hood latch surround
    • Remove the three 10 mm bolts to remove the hood latch
    • Disconnect the hood latch cable
  2. step 2 :Installing the Hood Latch
    • Connect the hood latch cable
    • Align the hood latch with the mounting holes
    • Install the three 10 mm bolts to secure it
    • Push the plastic surround over the hood latch
    • Set the plastic trim in position
    • Secure the trim with the push pin retainers

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Plastic Fastener Remover

Installation Video
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Hey friends. It's Len here from 1A Auto. Today we're going to be working on our 2006 Toyota 4Runner, and I want to show you how to remove and install a hood latch. If you need any parts, check us out, 1AAuto. Thanks.

We're going to come over here. You're going to need a couple of basic tools, a small flat head screwdriver, and a little forky tool. You could probably get away without this, but a small screwdriver, you're definitely going to need. You're going to remove these clips right here. There's 11 of them that come across this plastic housing. I'm going to get that right out of the way. To do that, you just come over, you got a little slot, you lift up on the center, then the whole piece comes right up. We'll set that aside. We're going to do the same to all 11 of these clips.

All right, so this should come right up. There it is. We'll set this aside. All right, so with that plastic out of our way, we have a clear view of our latch assembly. What we're going to do is we're going to use our little forky tool and we're going to try to get this piece of plastic out of the body piece right there. And this one right here, same thing. Awesome. Just grab it, see if you can get it to pop down. Should want to pop free. Look at it. That one right there. Should be another one right down here. Generally speaking, these things pop out fairly easily. Just got a couple of little clips and I'll try to show you in a second here.

It's kind of hard to do this without causing minor damage to the plastic, but I'm trying super hard to get it done. Just going to push this little tab and then that should slide down. Awesome. So this is the plastic cover and here's those little tabs that I was having a little bit of a hard time with. They just press up into these slots right there. We'll set this aside and our forky tool. We have a clear view of our 10, 10 and 10. We're going to remove all three of these.

Turn them counterclockwise to the left. There's one. Nothing too special about it. Set it aside. Move along. Bolt number two, same as the first. We don't have to worry about mixing them up. We'll go for number three here. Awesome. There it is. Just grab this. You can lift it up. It comes right out. Now we can see what's going on in the backside there.

To finish removing this, you're going to slide this part of the cable out of here and then right down in there, the rest of the cable goes into that hooky do. So it's going to go like that. I'm going to take this, try to bring it up and over. See if I can slide it out of there. Should want to come out. The springs holding it, but we got it. Awesome. Here's our hood latch.

Okay, friends, so we've got our hood latch here. It's time to install. You can see right down in there where the little hooky do is that the cable is going to go into and then you got the hook you do right here that the outer portion of the cable is going to go into. I'm going to start with the inner portion. Try to get this ball over around the spring and then slide into that area. Let's see what I can do.

I'm just going to go like that. Bring it up. I can definitely see that it's holding on like it's supposed to. I'm going to bring this and slide it right into its little hooky do area. Give it a nice tug. It's not falling out. Awesome. Let's get ready for the install here. I'm just going to bring it over.

You'll notice you can see where the latch was originally just by kind of where the dirt is. All right, so you want to try to line it back up with where it came from. You don't want it to be all the way up here, which obviously I can't because you know the bull hole, but it can be a little bit off skew. Try to get it lined up as perfect as you can as you tighten these up. Starting off, I wouldn't worry too much about it because of course it's going to move around until you get everything snugged up.

Pick a bolt, tighten it up. I'm just going to get it close. Can still move it around a little bit. All right. It's going to be the last one here, so this one, we're going to line everything up and snug it right down. So this side I can see I want to come up a skosh, this side. same. That feels great. Do this one. Good. Last one. That's great.

Grab our plastic. We remember we've got these little tabs. These two are going to come up from the bottom and these right here are going to go here and here. Let's start with the bottom. Just try to line it up. It's probably hard for you to see you on the camera, but I'm just kind of just trying to feel, get it so they're up in there. That feels awesome. I'm going to bring this one up. This little tab has to go behind there and then this gets pressed right in there. Same over here. Press it right in. Awesome. Grab our tools, make sure we don't have anything in the way here. Let's try closing the hood and reopening. Oh yeah. Just grab that. Up we go.

Okay, friends, it's time to get this back on. I'm just going to bring it right over. Press it down on top of where it's going to go. You can see where all the holes line up. This looks like it's going to be great. We've got 11 holes. Take some of our little clippy dos here. Lift up the center part, start it in the hole. Once it's in, press it down. We're going to do the same to all 11.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Plastic Fastener Remover

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