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How to Replace Hood Latch 08-14 Cadillac CTS

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  1. step : Removing the Protective Shield (0:32)
    • Untwist the pins and remove them from the protective shield
    • Remove the side panels from the shield
    • Remove the weatherstripping from the shield
    • Remove the protective shield
  2. step : Removing the Hood Latch (1:54)
    • Mark the position of the hood latch with a marker
    • Remove the 10mm bolts from the hood latch
    • Remove the hood latch
    • Remove the cable with needle nose pliers
    • Remove the electrical connector from the bracket
    • Disconnect the electrical connector
  3. step : Installing the Hood Latch (3:37)
    • Connect the electrical connector
    • Attach the cable to the hood latch
    • Press the connector to the bracket
    • Insert the hood latch into place
    • Start the 10mm bolts to the hood latch
    • Tap down the hood latch with a hammer if needed to help with alignment
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the hood latch
  4. step : Reinstalling the Protective Shield (6:15)
    • Insert the shield into place
    • Insert the weatherstrippping to the shield
    • Insert the side panels into place
    • Press on the protective shield pins

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

In this video we'll be removing and reinstalling a hood latch in a 2008 Cadillac CTS 4. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

Take these pins out. You're going to untwist them, and then once they're untwisted you can pull them up, just like that. Sometimes they don't untwist too well, so you got to pry up underneath it. You can use your fingernail or a straight head screwdriver. And then pull this panel up, and put it aside. And then I can pull this weatherstrip towards the center of the vehicle to take it off. Do the same with this side. Pull up here, and pull up there. There's a fastener right there and a clip on the back side. I can take the weatherstrip towards the center, and this piece will come right off.

We're going to mark our latch with a felt tip marker before we take it out. And over on this side, so that it lines up good once we put it back on once we reinstall it.

All right, we're going to take these 10mm bolts out with a 10mm socket and a ratchet. Take the last one out.

Next we're going to pull the cable out. I'm going to use some needle nose pliers. Squeeze these two tabs on the cable so that we can pull it out. I'm going to pull it out. Then we can pull the cable part around that way, and then pull this cable part that way.

Next we're going to disconnect this connector over here. Try to pull it out without breaking it. Use a clip tool there. And then to disconnect the connector, you're going to push on this tab here and then pull, and now your latch is out.

We're going to connect the connector. This lets the vehicle know that your hood is open, and then you're going to push that into where that hole was. Now we're going to reattach the cable. I'm going to install the cable into this slot here. Pull it around, and then put the cable through that slot, and then insert that.

Then we're going to put our bolts back in. Install these other two bolts. I'm going to use our ratchet with our 10mm socket. I'm going to try to get it lined up a little bit with our felt tip marker line. I'm going to use this little brass hammer, sold at 1AAuto, just to tap it down a little bit to try to get it lined up with our markings. This side looks good. Looks like it's all good. Now we're going to snug them down.

Now I'm going to reinstall this shield, and we push this weatherstripping on, over like that. And same with the other side, just like that. Now we're going to use these clips.

Reinstall these retainers. I'm going to reinstall this cover right here. Get that lined up. There's a little tab right there that lines up with. Lock that down. I'm going to reinstall this right here. Make sure you go under the weatherstrip over here, and then press down.

I'm going to check our alignment of our hood. Looks good over there. Looks good over here. Looks good. We're going to pop our latch, then grab underneath, push up, and it works.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Hammer

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Marker / Writing Utensil

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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