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Old 03-24-2007, 09:09 AM   #1
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Hi:

My hood latch is stuck on the driver's side and I can't get it to release. I have two questions:

1.) anybody got a slick way to get the one side released?

2.) Anybody know how to adjust it when I get in there?

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Hi:

My hood latch is stuck on the driver's side and I can't get it to release. I have two questions:

1.) anybody got a slick way to get the one side released?

2.) Anybody know how to adjust it when I get in there?

Cheers,
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Old 03-24-2007, 11:42 AM   #3
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Dave

You might try taking the rod from the awning
reaching up from underneath and seeing if you can push the catch loose. The other thing to try is to have someone push up and down on the hood as you pull the release inside the motorhome.

Good Luck

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Old 03-24-2007, 12:05 PM   #4
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When I added my bulb gasket to the top of the hood opening ---mine stuck too. I released mine by having somebody pull HARD on the inside release handle and hold it out and I worked the outside back and forth / in and out until it let go. The gasket put it in a slight bind so I trimmed it...
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Had it happen to me, also. I called Newmar, and was told this happens "often" ... was advised to release it from underneath, then lubricate. It worked.
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Joe, if you're in town come on down and see the London Aire..I'll be here til at least mid-day Monday.
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Sounds good, Bob. I'd love to see it.
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I can reach up thru vent slots with hand feel for release catch and wire that goes to it, pull down on wire and latch will release, you may have to flip up wire to get it over pin that latch has just released from. My bulb gasket will pop out the bottom of hood also.
Thats how I always release hood if I'm outside.
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Old 03-25-2007, 02:25 PM   #9
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Thanks to all who responded! I pulled on the release and had my lovely bride push on it and the hood popped right open.

Then I noticed something while I was studying the latch mechanism. I saw a wear pattern on the latch which seemed to be caused by contact with the latch "rod" "boss" that sticks out from the frame (The stationary rod that the hood latch rotates around while it closes the boss is hex-shaped). It appeared to be binding there.

I used a couple of flat washers between the hood and the Latch mechanism on both sides (one washer for each bolt) Voila' Problem Solved! Now the latch pulls the whole distance and easily! It is like Butta (for all you SNL fans)

Caution: I am going to make two "plates from flat stock for a permanent solution. I think the washers might put a strain on the fiberglass of the hood and cause long term cracking. The washers are just a "proof of concept" fix.

I have had problems with that %*&^*&^ hood release since day one . It always took an incredible pull to get it to open (when it would open). Now it is fixed. IMHO if you are having problems with your hood latch, inspect for this binding problem.

Thanks again to all who answered, you gotta love this forum.

Also, I took pictures of the latch mechanisms to show the wear. Just let me know if you are interested and I could post them.

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Thanks Dave for the follow up, why not post with pics would bring it all to light.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by "007":
Thanks Dave for the follow up, why not post with pics would bring it all to light. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ok Here are the pics of the latch and the post. Notice the rust/wear on the latch. It seems to be caused by the "boss" on the pin. When I put in the washers, it seems to have relieved the pressure. Now the latches(I have two latches one on each side)work easily.

I hope this helps.





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Thanks Dave for the pics that latch does need some grease.
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