Question about 1999 Ford Expedition
Latch won't catch
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Hrmm. Have you taken the whole latch assembly off ? If not there is a black cover over the assembly which has about 6 screws on it that is also connected to th fan shroud, then after that it's only 2 bolts to undo I believe they are 5/8ths socket, dont quote me. My 97 just had the same problem I popped the hood one day and then it didnt close again. So after taking the assembly out there are 2 springs one that is for after the hood is popped to just open it up that is a big spring about 2 1/2 inches or so. Theres another one at the bottom though that actually keeps the hood latched down on my truck it was rusted and snapped in half. I went to the ford dealer said I had to buy a whole new assembly 25$ plus 2 days wait, I went to home depot in the hardware section found a pack of springs that contain (2) 2 1/2" inch springs and (2) 1 1/2" for 4 dollars used the small one to replace it now I have back up for both. Hopefully this is your problem cause it's cheap and easy to fix just open it up. Let me know if this is it.
Posted on Apr 30, 2009
The latch is stuck in the open position. I always found white lithium grease worked best on those latches but any good lubricant will work. Try moving the latch manually with a screwdriver. After applying the lubricant move the latch a few times. You should see the tension return to the release, if it doesn't you have a broken release cable.
Posted on May 10, 2009
I have had this problem on a few cars over the years. If you look there is a heavy steel plate maybe 4"x4" bolted to the body part underneath the hole where the male part of the hood latch inserts. On the plate there is a pivoting latch which traps the male part, the latch is held shut with a heavy spring. By pulling on the cable from inside the car you over come this heavy spring opening the latch causing the spring on the male part to lift the hood. Problems here are usually a defect in the spring around the male part meaning hood does not pop up or the heavy spring which holds the latch shut has broken or dirt from age and use has built up between it and the backing plate or in the cable which friction defeats the spring loaded pivot action. Take the plate out without breaking the release cable and clean the dirt out or replace the heavy spring.
Posted on Aug 09, 2009
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