BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Nov 2018
Vehicle: 1991 560SEL
Location: Richmond Virginia, USA
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Thanks for the reminder as I meant to update this thread. Turns out the circled part doesnt snap back fully to the left. After looking at the design, the spring return, etc, its supposed to return to the left just enough to allow the mechanism inside to secure down the latch once the latch is depressed. When I first took it out of the car, the circled part would not move to the left at all, any distance, on its own due to all of the caked up grease on the spring, inside the assembly, etc. But once I fully cleaned it well? Once I manually moved that latch to the right (the direction it would move when the hood cable would pull on it when you pulled the hood release inside the car), it would consistently release/move back to the left about 1/4 inch or so. Enough so that the assembly then consistently worked.
Pretty sure I would not have been able to fully clean that thing with it still on the car. Removal was the only way to REALLY get all of the grease/gunk out.
And no, adding shims (I previously tried that method by adding several washers under the u latch part on the hood itself) didnt work/help. Only cleaning the assembly out fixed my issue. Now after it was fixed? I did go back and add two washers for each hood U latch screw. That helped me reduce the amount of pressure I had to apply to the hood to get it to actually latch/lock down. Before that, I had to slam the hood hard, even after fixing the assembly. YOu should not have to slam the hood. Should be able to let it drop on its own from about 18 inches above the latches. Its own weight should allow the hood to lock