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1999 lesabre hood shakes

At highway speeds on drivers side. My buddies with their imports laugh at this. It appears the latch has been adjusted as far down as it will go, as the grill now just makes contact with the front bumper fascia.

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There should be a couple of rubber "bumpers" that the hood rests against to stop shaking. Look at another car like yours and see if possibly yours are missing! (or, adjusted down too far)

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