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How to Replace Hood Latch & Striker 02-08 Dodge Ram

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  1. step : Removing the Hood Latch (0:34)
    • Release the latch rod clip
    • Remove the latch rod from the retainer
    • Mark the center of the latch assembly placement with a paint pen
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts from the latch
    • Pull off the latch
  2. step : Installing the Hood Latch (1:59)
    • Line up the new latch assembly, using your paint mark
    • Insert the two 10mm bolts into the latch
    • Connect the latch rod
    • Snap on the latch rod clip
    • Check the hood for proper alignment

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In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the hood latch and striker assembly on a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The items you'll need for this repair are new latch and striker assembly from, as well as a 10 millimeter socket ratchet and extension and a paint pen.

Release the green clip from the latch rod. Rotate it out of the way. Remove the rod from the retainer. We're just going to mark the center of where our old latch and striker assembly sat to make it easier to line up our new part. Now we can remove these two 10 millimeter bolts.

Here we have our old part that we removed from our truck and our new part from As you can see these parts are identical. We have the same size latch and the same strikers. We have the same holes. The driver side is slotted to give us a little bit of adjustment to make sure that our latch lines up perfectly. What happens to these is they get rusted up. You can see there is a lot of buildup on our striker here, and the latch is getting a little bit sticky or these springs can break the clips for the latch rod retainers. That will prevent you from opening your hood. It's obviously a very important part of servicing your vehicle. If yours is becoming gummed up, won't move properly, or isn't allowing you to release your hood, this new part from 1AAuto is going to fix you up right.

You're going to want to make sure that our paint mark lines up. Install our hardware keeping an eye on that alignment mark we made earlier. Tighten down our two bolts. Reinstall the latch rod. Snap the retainer into place. Check for proper alignment of the hood. It holds our hood closed, allows our hood to release, and opens nice and smooth.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Marker / Writing Utensil

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

2008 - 2010  Dodge  Dakota
2002 - 2008  Dodge  Ram 1500 Truck
2003 - 2009  Dodge  Ram 2500 Truck
2003 - 2009  Dodge  Ram 3500 Truck
2006 - 2009  Mitsubishi  Raider

02-08 Ram 1500; 03-09 2500, 3500; 06-09 Raider; 08-11 Dakota Hood Safety Latch Catch Striker (Mopar)

Dodge Mitsubishi Hood Latch & Striker Assembly Mopar 55275843AB

This part replaces:

  • OE # 55275843AB

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