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Old 10-13-2002, 11:31 PM
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Hood came up any way to realine

Hood came up any way to reline. was driveing and hood poped up, Did not bend the hood but wont shut without force any ideas 85 300d turbo just was ready to sell this one its in or was in excellent cond. New paint and all.Ill most likely keep but would like it to be perfect again GREAT CAR makes me feel bad about this it wont be write again . thanks ROB
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Old 10-14-2002, 04:27 PM
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Look closely at the hood hinges, specifically the bolts to the hood, and the ones to the body.

More than likely, the force of the hood lifting may have moved the hinges out of alignment just enough to prevent it from shutting perfectly.

If your hinges have never been removed or tweaked in any way, then you should see nothing but body-color paint surrounding each bolt. If you see bare metal, then the hinge(s) have shifted by just that much, because the bare metal would reside directly under each bolt.

If this is the case, you can carefully loosen the bolt(s) and gently align the hinge(s) to the original position, then retighten the bolt(s). You will need a second set of hands to do this since the hood is large and heavy...much too much for precision alignment.

If you can't tell what is amiss, then try as best to close the hood gently, and note the seam between the hood and the surrounding fender panels. If you follow the seam from front of hood to back and notice the seam width tapering narrower or wider, that is an indication of one or both of the hinges being out of alignment.

If the hood closes and there is a noticeable fit problem where the hood meets the windshield, then the hood and/or hinges is sprung. The MB hinges are pretty robust, so it's unlikely that they are damaged, but there isn't much you can do about the hood short of replacement.

Nevertheless, you can tweak the hinges and the front hood stops until the fit and closure of the hood is suitable.
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Old 10-14-2002, 10:43 PM
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Thank you

Thanks Ill check that in the morn. that sounds like it should help thanks alot . Ill report back and let you know. thanks again for for takeing the time for such a detailed respons. reel helpful.
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Old 10-20-2002, 10:48 PM
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Cheacked a few days ago hinges must be bad. got some new ones comeing soon hope that fixes . thanks for the help. Ill report back with update on how its going.

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Old 10-21-2002, 09:28 PM
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Works great now thanks so much for your help.

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