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Looking at my hood latch and why it will not engage .
I see that the mechanism has what I would call a sear to engage the latching portion. The hood release cable pulls this sear and unlatches it.
My problem is. The sear needs to be pre-loaded so it catches the latching mechanism as it rotates. I see where there may have been a small spring hook on the driver's side of the sear arm, but can't tell what sort of little spring went there.

Can somebody shoot me a picture? or describe what they have. Its either a torsion spring mounted behind the latch or an extension spring hooked to something below it.

Thanks for any help.
 

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I just looked at mine. Sorry I can't post a pic. It is an extension spring with a hook on each end. Appears to be about 1/2" across and a little over an inch long (the coil part). There is a small tab extending forward from the bottom of the latch arm with a hole in it for the spring hook to go through. The top hook of the spring resembles an inverted V and goes up through the box-shaped mount on the latch housing.

I hope that makes sense. A picture truly IS worth a thousand (or more) words. It would take about 5 seconds to pull one from a car at the junk, er, salvage yard.:D

A medium slotted screwdriver and-or needle nose pliars would do the trick.
 

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Sounds like you are describing the spring on the safety catch portion of the latch. The one you have to pull to the side to open the hood???

The spring I am looking for is down where the release cable end is screwed in to the latch assembly. the cable runs right behind it to the mechanism.
Bottom right of latch as you face the front of the car.

thanks for looking
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I went out and looked at mine, and there is no second spring. You also cannot see the area in question very well, so I did it by feel. There feels like there is a small strip of spring steel, that may be U-shaped. When I get home from work, I will get a better look at it.
 

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Checked the shop manual, and apparently there is a spring. However, it doesn't resemble a "traditional" spring.

I will take mine off later to look at it.


 

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Here's photos of the real thing. Appears to be a torsion spring.

Note the tip of the spring, circled in both pictures.





 

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Hmmmm.
In the second picture down and to the right from the location you have circled, you can see a little hook shaped portion sticking out from behind.
In the top picture you can see that the cable pulls that arm hanging down from right to left. This releases the latch.

The hook on the bottom pic is part of that same arm.
I expected to see a spring pulling that down which pushes the arm into a preload so the latch latches.

Maybe the torsion spring you have identified is enough to do that function and mine is broken inside. As you close the latch by hand that lever arm in the upper picture should snap into place to latch it. Is yours doing that? Mine does not snap.

thanks for the helpful pictures and all.

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Referring to the top photo above;


All the little torsion spring on the left does, is bring the cable back out of the jacket, thus returning the hood release lever (inside the car) to the correct position.

To the very right of the cable, there is a much bigger torsion spring that you can see.

This is what draws that lever (the one to the left of the little torsion spring) to its locked and cocked postion. Maybe that is where the problem lies.

When the hood closes, it rotates the top hook and at the same time, pre-loads that lever around the little spring so that when you pull the release lever inside the car, the hook "springs" open.
 

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Well, that's the way I see it too.
Must be an alignment issue. It was all of a sudden not latching after about 2 years of no problems. Then, I have to lean on it until it does. Slamming it down at varying energy does not help.

Thanks again for the help.

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If it is acting up, just swap it out for another. Takes all of 5 minutes to change.
 
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