How to Adjust the Hood Bumper
If your vehicle's hood always seems to vibrate while you're driving, then your hood bumper probably needs adjustment. A hood bumper secures the hood so that it remains tightly shut during travel. By keeping the hood flat against the latch, hood vibrations and latch wear are greatly minimized. You can easily adjust your hood bumpers to maintain their tight, vibration-free fit on the latch. Here are the tools you need and the steps to follow in adjusting the hood bumper on a Mustang vehicle:
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools that you'll need:
- Wrench set
- Socket set
Step 1: Prop the vehicle's hood open and secure it with the hood support rod. The hood bumpers of your Mustang are usually located on the radiator core support. Using a 1/2-inch wrench, carefully loosen the 1/2-inch jamb nuts securing these bumpers.
Step 2: To adjust the hood bumpers, you need to turn them either counterclockwise or clockwise. Turning the bumpers counterclockwise raises the level of your hood, while turning them clockwise lowers your hood. Choose your desired level and turn the hood bumpers accordingly.
Step 3: The hood must be aligned with the fenders for a more secure fit. Close it and check its alignment. If you're not satisfied, open your hood and readjust accordingly to align its edges with the edges of your Mustang's fender. Once the hood is properly aligned with the fenders, close it again and tighten the jamb nuts.
Step 4: For a tight, vibration-free fit, readjust the hood latch accordingly. Loosen the two bolts securing it to the radiator core support. These bolts are either 1/2-inch or 13mm. Adjust the latch so that the striker plate properly fits in the latch and secures the hood. Lastly, tighten all hood latch bolts after doing the adjustment.