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Old 03-27-2003, 09:26 PM
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Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: NJ
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Question about SEL hood latch assembly

Car is a 1990 420SEL. When I hit any kind of a bump the left side of my hood pops up about a 1/4". Not quite as high as when you would pull the strap but it's annoying as heck !

My question is ....should I replace the latching assembly that's attached under the cross member ( $48 bux from dealer ) or is it possible it has something to do with the inside release that controls the cable, or maybe even the cable itself? Is there a way that the cable is adjusted?

Is replacing the latching assembly pretty straightforward or is it connected to the cable release? It looks like 3 phillips screws going down into the crossmember. I'm not real mechanically inclined so any theories here would be greatly appreciated.
1990 420 SEL / 151K mi.
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Old 03-28-2003, 12:27 AM
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I had a similar issue with my drivers side lifting up. The local dealer ended up spacing the u shaped rod that is on the hood out a bit so that it caught correctly inside the latch mechanism.

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