Hood Hinge Spring Installation.....

Discussion in 'Tips 'n' Tricks Topic' started by Twisted_Metal, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. SS2001

    SS2001 Veteran Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    Lithia Springs, GA
    That sure is a clean workbench and tool cabinets!
  2. Simon@London

    Simon@London Veteran Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    London Ontario
    Since my car is still away and we are talking hinges I have a question.

    My wipers are hitting my hood when they go " hide-away"

    Can the 81 hoods be raised on those hinges a slight amount.

    Can't remember if they adjust.
  3. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Bloomington, MN
    Yes... The hinges can be adjusted.
    (Lowering the front mounting point raises the rear.)

    If the wiper blades have been replaced with aftermarket parts, it's a very common problem.
    The aftermarket blades are usually taller than the factory pieces.
  4. Simon@London

    Simon@London Veteran Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    London Ontario
    OK thanks Twisted I will drop the front mounts a little to see if it makes enough clearance. Don't need much just a little more.
  5. silverz28

    silverz28 Member

    Mar 28, 2009
    Ontario, CANADA
    My buddy and I used a heavy tow strap with a loop sewn in the end of it and used a screwdriver to pry it out of the hinge, it was being difficult.
  6. deputyrob

    deputyrob Veteran Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    Canal Fulton Ohio
    i use a big f-n phillips head screwdriver also. it's tuff but the spring just falls into place. i also did the same on chevelle hood springs.
  7. andrewsreed

    andrewsreed Veteran Member

    Aug 20, 2008
    Federal Way, WA
    i used a medium size crow bar... popped right on there...
  8. camaro73lt

    camaro73lt Veteran Member

    Feb 6, 2003
    Hanover, PA
    Do the hinges wear out?

    The right side rear of my hood always pops up about a 1/4 inch when I close the hood. I can push the hood down at the fender / cowl and it aligns fine. Does this sound like a worn hinge? Can it be repaired, adjusted or should I just look for a replacement? Nothing appears to be loose. Thanks.
  9. TeamWarpath

    TeamWarpath Veteran Member

    May 20, 2007
    Lexington, KY
    Jim, check the other thread...
  10. GoldenOne7710

    GoldenOne7710 Irrelevant Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Athens, GA
    Y'all are making hood hinge springs sound a lot more difficult than I've ever experienced.

    While the hinge is still bolted to the fender, all you need to do is take a fan belt and loop it around the front hook and pull forward and 'unhook' it from it's perch. Installation is just as simple in reverse form. Sure you have to put SOME ass into it, but it works and works quickly. Takes me about 20 seconds to remove/install hood hinge springs....on anything I've messed with that has spring loaded hood hinges. Fan belts are easy on the hands and you can buy them as long as you need them for leverage.

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