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Old 11-10-2008, 07:25 PM
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So, I noticed the gap on my hood seems to be off on one side.

I'm assuming this could be a moderately easy fix if I knew what to adjust. Or should I run it up to a body shop?

Circled is the problem side. Other shot is the other side.
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:48 PM
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There are two rubber pins on the inner front part of the hood. You can turn them and adjust the hight of the front ( close to lock mechanism ) part.
For the rear adjustment, there is a scissors like mechanism (similar to the trunk) with only one bolt on it that is used to adjust the hight of the hood. First determinate which hight is good for you and then go to the other side and adjust the bolt to the same dept ( turn the bolt until you have the same number of threads visible ).

Do this on you own risk. There is a good reason why I am saying that. I wanted to adjust trunk lid the same way and I played with left and right side and I lost count and ended up with rattling trunk which is a #%&*!!#!*# to set right. ( still fighting with it after almost a year! ). May be someone with non rattling trunk lid on 2000, 2.0 can jump out and count visible threads so I can finally adjust mine
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:46 AM
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Something else must be tweaked. Even all the way out, those rubber stoppers never touch. It's almost like the hood is warped. Somebody probably sat on it or leaned on it, or shut something under it at some point.

Time to find a good body shop.
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Old 11-17-2008, 07:47 PM
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Something else must be tweaked. Even all the way out, those rubber stoppers never touch. It's almost like the hood is warped. Somebody probably sat on it or leaned on it, or shut something under it at some point.

Time to find a good body shop.
Car was probably wrecked. Is is a salvage?
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:06 PM
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Not salvage, and carfax was clean.

I DID notice the headlight on that side is aftermarket. So I'm guessing there was a fender-bender or deer involved. Something not bad enough to go on the title record.

Going to try and find a decent body shop and hope I don't have to buy a new hood.

If it was on the passenger side, I might let it go, but since I see it every time I get in and out of the car it bugs the "youknowwhat" out of me.
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Not salvage, and carfax was clean.

I DID notice the headlight on that side is aftermarket. So I'm guessing there was a fender-bender or deer involved. Something not bad enough to go on the title record.

Going to try and find a decent body shop and hope I don't have to buy a new hood.

If it was on the passenger side, I might let it go, but since I see it every time I get in and out of the car it bugs the "youknowwhat" out of me.
Probably had a Chinese made hood installed on it when fixed.
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:08 PM
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I got it fixed this weekend.

All it took was screwdriver, a 13mm wrench, and some patience.

I popped off the plastic covers on the hood hinge bolts where they connect to the car (not the hood) loosened the two nuts, used my left arm and shoulder to get the hinge to sit where I wanted it, and re-tightened with my right hand.

I goofed up the first try and nicked a 1/4" cut in the paint down to the metal on the pillar where the hood meets. Re-adjusted the gap and put a dab of touch up on the chip to keep it from going rusty until I can fix it when the weather gets warm.
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