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Old 07-12-2011, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hood Locking System broken spring!

As title said it is broken, culprit is a spring but I can't determine where is the spring attached to... If someone could open their vitara help me I'd appreciatte it.

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Old 07-12-2011, 02:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Solved!

Used an old spring belonging to the sawtooth lever in the brake shoe hardware. Bent the tip to the other side and it's working now like new!

In case anyone wonders where does the other part attach is on the same place the big spring attaches to, the part on the left.
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That's not right.

On my hood latch, there is only one spring (the heavy spring in your picture) attached to those two points.

The heavy spring handles two functions, the main hood latch and the safety latch, the second spring, the one that you are asking about attaches to the "tooth" in the lower right of the picture and is the "cable return" spring.
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Could you please provide a picture fordem?

Unless I'm wrong if the lever is on the rightmost part it's on the unlock position and on the left would be the locked position. I didn't test putting it in a position to the right and maybe I put it up too high and the proper way was (and it probably is) on the small rectangle space but the way the old spring is (hooks are separated by 90 degrees)I got lost But still mine works even better that way lol...
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Is my red boxed area a bent up tab with a hole in it? I think your broken spring attached there.

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Yeah that's the one I meant... Maybe I will open it and reattach the spring again maybe not... I made sure it was well attached lol.

Strangest of things happen to me haha.
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Could you please provide a picture fordem?
Not today - my daughter has the vehicle and won't be back before dark.
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If it works let it be, make sure it is well lubed... Philip
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I'm wondering - could they be different for LHD/RHD vehicles?

On my car - RHD - the cable comes from the left of that picture - and looking at the lever where the second spring is hanging, that seems to be shaped to take the cable from the other side.
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Haha, that is correct my friend!
Mine is a LHD vehicle!

The cable goes to the right of that picture in this model, so we were both right xD
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