Why are you replacing the hood latch? Did it work OK at some point in the recent past?I am replacing my hood latch and looking for some tips on aligning it. With the new latch in place, even pushed up as high as it goes I cannot get it to engage with the hood plate.
OK, thanks for answering my questions. Here are a few more:Replacing the latch because the lower spring on the old latch seems to have sprung. As a result the bayonet won't stay straight.
OK, I understand that it looks fine. Go a step further and probe the wires with a screwdriver. Are you sure that one isn't broken and just sitting in there?The plate on the hood looks fine - both wires are in place.
I'll bet there is a clue about your current problem buried in the issue described above.the latch worked fine when I got the car (about 8 months ago) and seem to slowly have degraded (harder to latch) until the it finally would no longer latch
Some of the things I suggest may help to diagnose the problem, but not be permanent fixes. For example:It looks like the new spring is about an inch longer than the old. It compresses fine but the extra length makes it a bit stiffer. I'm a little reluctant to install the old spring - it is not in the greatest of shape but will explore that option.