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My hood will not close completely it closes and to the first little safety latch but not the main one

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Alot of times you have to push the tee bar "Black" safety latch back first then close the hood

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Spray latch where it catches good with lubricant/penetrating spray (WD-40) & work cable for releasing hood until catch snaps back to proper location.

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

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