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Old October 4th, 2005, 07:00 PM
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Hood not closing....

there is a gap ( about 1/2 inch ) after closing the hood...
I was just wondering if this is the norm, or if it is suppost to close
tight !!??
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Old October 4th, 2005, 07:07 PM
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I know what the problem is. Before you close the hood, remember to remove your purse from the top of the motor. If you leave it sitting there, the hood will not have room to shut.
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Old October 4th, 2005, 07:08 PM
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Don't drop the hood from high up. Drop it from like 3 or 4" and then put your hand on the top, jump up in the air and push it closed on the way down. It should latch at the bottom.
That's one thing I have figured out. It will save the latch, etc.
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Old October 4th, 2005, 11:06 PM
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Also, if the hood release cable is all gummed up with mud, debris, etc. it will stick open and the hood will not latch down all the way. Usually if you spray a little WD-40 or the like on it, it will loosen up a bit.

Also make sure that that hood release handle in the cab is pushed back in all the way so that it pushes the cable back to where it's supposed to be.
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Old October 4th, 2005, 11:17 PM
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Could also be the bumpers need adjustment. Though I do see a minor gap a lot of the time on most defenders.

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Old October 5th, 2005, 01:23 AM
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It is normal. I adjusted mine up for a bigger gap to let more heat out. If it is latching up front, ie.....you have to pull the bonnet release handle inside the truck,fogedaboudit!
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Old October 5th, 2005, 08:32 AM
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I know what the problem is. Before you close the hood, remember to remove your purse from the top of the motor. If you leave it sitting there, the hood will not have room to shut.
I about fell out of my chair on that one...

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Old October 5th, 2005, 09:32 AM
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I've got atleast a half inch gap on my hood. I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old October 5th, 2005, 09:34 AM
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mine i have to drop from about 2ft for it to close
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Old October 5th, 2005, 10:07 AM
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Forget the whole halfassed operation and just do pins or latches. Makes life much easier.
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Old October 5th, 2005, 10:35 AM
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Agreed

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Forget the whole halfassed operation and just do pins or latches. Makes life much easier.
I ripped out that latch cable, put a blank plug over the resulting hole, and had the whole interior rhino-lined. The hood cable never breaks, never gets gummed up, and I don't have to look at the range rover icon on the hood release . . .

The advantage of the rhino-lining is the always wet carpet stopped stinking . . .

Anyway, not being a purist I enjoy drilling holes in the various body panels.

In answer to the question: the gap is variable, depending on if I left my man purse under the hood . . .

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Old October 5th, 2005, 12:01 PM
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I agree that the gap is variable. My hood used to close almost flush until I had the head gaskets replaced. After the service I noticed that now the hood has a much larger gap. I am guessing that when the mechanic put the hood back on he did not adjust the bumpers. He probably did that to help with airflow since the truck still overheats....
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Old October 5th, 2005, 12:24 PM
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I usally just latch my hood, I leave the gap for more air. the only time it gets closed is on the interstate
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Old October 6th, 2005, 08:14 PM
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Wow... This is a lot of great information and really makes me think of changing my latch operation around a bit. Sometimes mine sticks and I have to take one of those small 'bic' lighters and wedge it in the handle then walk around and pop it by hand.

I guess the poster didn't think any of the information was of use because there wasn't even a Thank You.



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Old October 7th, 2005, 04:20 PM
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Well, my hood release handle came off in my hand the other day, and was actually shocked that a replacement cable with handle is only about $15 from most suppliers (DAP, RN, AB) so I will be replacing it. and after I get some trail rash and feel better about drilling hole, I will goto hood pins.
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adjusted the Gap down to reasonable in about 20 minutes with the center latch adjustment (loosen large nut, then adjust with Flat screw driver, reset L/R bumpers)
nest step is to replace the fiesta (or jeep) metal kraco release with stock and run a secondary emergency release to somewhere on the Rt side for when it breaks.
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Well, I'll say thank you for the information!

As a new Defender owner this thread was very helpful. I couldn't get the hood down, read the post from CBASS, pushed in the hood release handle and it shut just fine.

Now where is my purse at?
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Old June 7th, 2009, 04:53 PM
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Welcome to the club, and glad you got it figured out!
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