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Post Hood/latch alignment

I have an older 911 ('69) where the hood keeps poping open when I hit bumps. I replaced the lower hood latch assembly, which helped for a while. I've looked at the cable which seems tight. I'm not sure what the problem might be. Any ideas?

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I had the same problem with my 68. I fixed it by screwing the top latch post out a little longer and adjusting the rubber stops so that there wasn't so much tension on the latch when it was closed.

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Please be VERY careful when playing with hood latch adjstments. Better read this former string before you begin. http://www.pelicanparts.com/ultimate/Forum3/HTML/014212.html
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Yes i second that, be very careful. Also check to make sure that the snoot coming down from the hood isn't bent. Mine was and it caused the same problem for me. I tightened mine down and bent it back to fairly straight (eyeball judge) and it worked much better. Also make sure there's nothing sitting under the hood that bounces around and hits the hood from below, that can sometimes pop your hood loose if the latch is already marginally holding the hood shut.

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I used to have the same problem with my '70 I also adjusted the top spring post to make it longer. I had to unscrew it from the top assembly and with alot of WD40 and a bench vice was finally able to adjust it. the PO lived with it for 5 years
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I unscrewed the top post by about 1/2 turn and solved the problem. Thanks for the help.

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HOOD LATCH REPAIR

I had the same trouble with the hood popping up.

Attempts to adjust failed. Upon close insp. I could see that both upper and lower latches were worn and needed replacing. Easy job unless hood is tweaked. You may have to ream out the upper attachment to hood holes to get alignment in the following detail.

To adjust: Put a small piece of clay in the lower hole and gently lower the hood. Assure alignment is in the center of the hole.

Adjust the lower latch on the cable so that the latch has maximum protrusion into the hole AFTER YOU TIGHTEN THE SCREW AND RELEASE EVERYTHING.

This may take a bit of adjusting to get, but it is absolutely critical. This is also the most misunderstood/missed part of hood adjustment.

Close the hood and press down on it gently to determine how much to move the bolt. You should have the slightest of movement.

Porsche hoods should lower and latch very gently with minimal effort. they should also pop up when the latch is pulled.

Good luck
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