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Offline Chevynut73

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Hood Hinge and Spring Replacement ???
« on: June 24, 2023, 11:24:26 AM »
Well, my 50 year old hood hinges and springs are pretty weak it seems so i replace them with new ones and now they are sooo tight that i'm concerned i'm going to bent the hood while closing it.

Is this a common problem?

Other than oil them, what can i do to help loosen them up?

Thanks 
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Offline JohnnyPopper

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Re: Hood Hinge and Spring Replacement ???
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2023, 03:20:59 PM »
Only time and lubrication will allow it to wear in.

If you're in danger of it pancaking the hood, I would invest in some hood savers.
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Re: Hood Hinge and Spring Replacement ???
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2023, 07:44:14 PM »
Put the OE springs back in
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Offline philo_beddoe

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Re: Hood Hinge and Spring Replacement ???
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2023, 03:57:35 PM »
Vice-grip garage explains it well. “Push in and down.”
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Re: Hood Hinge and Spring Replacement ???
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2023, 11:03:05 AM »
Put the OE springs back in
This....better then bending the hood, or cracking paint.
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Offline Chevynut73

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Re: Hood Hinge and Spring Replacement ???
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2023, 08:12:21 AM »
Ok, great advice - thank y'all.

The original springs are too weak - but think i found a fix for this.

Lubed the poo out of them and got a friend to help me close the hood very slowly (needed 2 folks to close her without doing any damage).  Kept the hood closed for several days and let the springs stay extended!
Opened it up last night and its getting better - now one person can close it  :)
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Re: Hood Hinge and Spring Replacement ???
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2023, 10:10:02 AM »
Good deal!  8)
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