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Unread 08-05-2014, 05:27 PM   #1
RENE65
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WARNING,hood latch safety

I noticed while opening my Hood today that my Hood latch safety was sitcking badly and staying in the off position.A bit of oil and a bit of moving it back and forth was all that was needed.If mine was stuck, there is probably a lot more with the same problem around as they are all built the same ( and yes it was lubed before ( but seems to need some more )). I had a Hood open up on me before ( 40 years ago in a Datsun ) and I can tell you that at 80 mph you don t have time to see it open.Its closed and all of a sudden the road just disappears and the Hood takes the shape of the windshield and roof.
Next time you pop the Hood open , pay attention to that lever and maybe add a bit of oil to it.

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Unread 08-07-2014, 09:35 AM   #2
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This is from the 2008 Liberty (U.S.) Owner Manual:

Body Lubrication
Locks and all body pivot points, including such items as
seat tracks, doors, tailgate and hood hinges, should be
lubricated periodically to assure quiet, easy operation
and to protect against rust and wear. Prior to the application
of any lubricant, the parts concerned should be
wiped clean to remove dust and grit; after lubricating
excess oil and grease should be removed. Particular
attention should also be given to hood latching components
to insure proper function. When performing other
underhood services, the hood latch, release mechanism,
and safety catch should be cleaned and lubricated.

The external lock cylinders should be lubricated twice a
year, preferably in the fall and spring. Apply a small
amount of a high quality lubricant such as Mopar Lock
Cylinder Lubricant directly into the lock cylinder.
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Unread 08-07-2014, 06:53 PM   #3
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You are right JEEPCARES, its in the manual but its something we forget to pay attention to .Its very important to look at those safety items we overlook.When is it that you checked if your brake lights work ?? Its basic maintenance but we overlook it and do mostly only the major maintenances. This post was a Wake up call to check the latch as mine was lubed but frequent pressure washes and heavy salt winter conditions here still made it stick to the off position.
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Unread 08-12-2014, 10:08 AM   #4
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Its basic maintenance but we overlook it and do mostly only the major maintenances. This post was a Wake up call to check the latch as mine was lubed but frequent pressure washes and heavy salt winter conditions here still made it stick to the off position.
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