Hood Latch

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Main Forum' started by nownow, Feb 12, 2019 at 8:18 AM.

  1. nownow

    nownow Junior Member

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    Okay so this is going to be a weird question. On the "new to me" 2017 Prius Four, it really appears as if the hood isn't all the way closed. From the front nose to the hood when closed, there appears to be a 1/4" rise where I'd expect it to be flush (and where it's flush on the 2012).

    So the questions - Is this normal? Is the hood latch adjustable in the vertical? If I press down on the hood it will go flush, but the latch just seems to be a little higher than it should be.

    The carfax on this car says no incidents, so I'm making a big assumption that this isn't re-build related, though none of the other gaps around the front bumper seem off in any way.

    Any thoughts on this would be appreciated!
     
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    Should be perfectly flush.
     
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    Kind of what I figured. Anyone know if it's adjustable?
     
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    The adjustment procedure and standard clearance measurements for the hood are in the Repair Manual (more info), under Vehicle Exterior: Door/Hatch: Hood. At the front of the car, the surface of the hood, for example, is supposed to be flush with the bumper cover, within -1.85 to 2.15 mm, and the gap between the hood and the bumper cover is supposed to be 1.85 to 5.85 mm.

    The hinge bolts, hood lock bolts, and hood bumper cushions are all adjustable; if adjustments at the bolts are needed, the centering bolts used in the assembly plant supposedly must be replaced with standard ones. If the front end of the hood is too high, though, you may just need to turn the left and right bumper cushions.
     
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    Thanks! I'll see if I can address it with the bumper cushions. Otherwise I just wanted to see if the latch mechanism is adjustable before taking the plastic trim off for better access. It sounds like it so if I have to go that route I will.

    Thanks again!!
     
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    Mine is flush with the bodywork but there is a good 1/4" gap at the front edge of the hood showing the rubber seal.
     
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