uuMaintenance Under the HooduOpening the Hood
Opening the Hood
1. Park the vehicle on level ground, and set
the parking brake.
2. Pull the hood release handle under the
lower left corner of the dashboard.
u The hood will pop up slightly.
3. Push up the hood latch lever in the center
of the hood to release the lock mechanism,
and open the hood.
4. Remove the support rod from the clamp
using the grip. Mount the support rod in
When closing, remove the support rod, and
stow it in the clamp, then gently lower the
hood. Remove your hand at a height of
approximately 12 inches (30 cm) and let the
Do not open the hood when the wiper arms are
The hood will strike the wipers, and may damage
either the hood or the wipers.
When closing the hood, check that the hood is
If the hood latch lever moves stiffly, or if you can
open the hood without lifting the lever, the latch
mechanism should be cleaned and lubricated.
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