How to Install an Aluminum Hood Catch With No Drilling Required
Are you tired of your banging and fluttering hood while driving? If yes, then you really need to replace those worn-out hood catch. Getting a strong and sturdy replacement hood catch will be a great investment. You can easily get a replacement from your favorite auto parts center. Just make sure to buy the hood catch that matches the overall design of your vehicle. We recommend you to choose a catch that is made of corrosion-resistant materials. And for a DIYer like you, choose the one that doesn't require any drilling. Here's a step-by-step on how to install an aluminium hood catch with no drilling required.
Things you'll need:
- Screwdriver (flat blade)
- Driver bit (4mm)
- Driver or socket adapter for bits
- Hardwear on the new latches
- 12mm open-end wrench
- 13mm open-end wrench
- 16mm open-end wrench
- 10mm deep socket
- Two 5mm driver bits x2
- 3/8 and ¼ ratchet
- Rubber gloves
Step 1: Prepare all the tools and materials prior to the installation process. Wear rubber gloves for protection.
Step 2: Disassemble the factory hood catches. Use a flat blade screwdriver to carefully pry the retainer pin's end cap. You can do some wiggling to help it pop off.
Step 3: Now, carefully remove the bottom portion of your hood catch by removing the nut located inside the fender. Use an appropriate wrench to remove the nut.
Step 4: After that, gently remove the rubber that is attached to the tab. You will reuse it on the new lower section.
Step 5: Carefully install the lower catch by using an open-end wrench to tighten the nut while being held with a 5mm bit. Be careful not to scratch off the black powder coat under the bolt head.
Step 6: Gently push the rubber bumper pad towards the tab.
Step 7: In order to remove the top factory catch, take away the two 10mm nuts located inside the hood. Remove the top latch.
Step 8: You can now install the new upper hood catch. You need to line up the gasket with the catch before tightening them all the way. You need to do this step carefully and cautiously. Do not forget to reuse the rubber that you have just removed earlier. The upper hood catch has a rubber gasket that goes between the hood and the catch. It goes together with 2 flat top bolts, nylon lock nuts, and flat washers.
Step 9: Check your newly installed top and bottom catches by closing your hood.
Step 10: For this step, you will be needing your two 5mm bits. You need to hold the other side of the hinged portion of the hood catch while tightening the other side. Carefully place the longer pin while lining up the other side.
Step 11: Push the short pin into the longer pin, and tighten them both.
Step 12: Move the latch into its proper place. Make sure to observe the proper spacing of the hood catch.
Step 13:You need to unthread the hood catch by one full turn on the bottom. You also need a one full turn at the top to allow the hood catch to latch firmly.
Step 14: Use your 16mm open-end wrench to tighten the jam nuts, and secure the adjustments that were made.
Step 15: Repeat the process on the other side.
The entire process will only take you less than an hour. Installing a new hood catch is not a difficult task. Learn how to do it on your own, and save more money.