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The latch on my hood has bent ever so slightly -- preventing the hood from properly closing. Anyone have this happen to them and how did you bend it back? I'm afraid if I use any type of force I will probably screw the whole thing up. Maybe best just to buy a new latch, looks like only three bolts that hold the assembly together so that might be the way to go...

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Well, if I were going to pay good $$$ for a part (and I was resigned to doing that), what's the risk in trying to bend it and maybe fix it first? Case in point. Refrigerator was not working right. If I tried to fix it (and couldn't), I'd risk losing all the contents. We bought a new refrigerator and moved everything over. No FEAR anymore. Tore the whole thing apart and cleaned it, now we have 2 refrigerators. Point is that if you're OK with buying a new refrigerator (ie, latch), what's the risk in trying to fix it first?

Think about the logic:

1) I have a part that's not working.
2) if I try to fix it, it may work less (umm its not working anyway).
3) if I fix it, I don't have to pay to replace it.
4) If my fix doesn't work, I'd had to pay to fix it anyway.
5) I have nothing to lose trying to fix it first.

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LOL I agree. It's late and I just typed it out wrong. I meant to say -- I will probably end up having to buy the part anyways, but anyone have suggestions on how to bend it back?

Seems like the latch really isn't designed very well and I can see for people who have older G's like myself, that piece is prone to bending over time.

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I never looked closely at it or worried about it.

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If you're talking about the bottom latch on the radiator support, loosen the 3 bolts and adjust the latch. That's what it's made to do since each car has different tolerances.

If it is on the hood, you may be able to do the dame, or gently bend it back into place.

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I work at a body shop. take a small 2by 4 and a hammer and wach wack the latch while someone apllies oppisite force on hood ... just brace hood while whacking take place! apply a little more force after each whacking if needed to get latch to bend slightly. once aligned to striker oil thoroughly. keep in mind your hood striker may need adjustment. mark holes and adjust the 3 10mm bolts that secure the hood striker.
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