How to Replace a Honda Civic Hood Latch

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How to Replace a Honda Civic Hood Latch
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Many people decide to change the bonnet on their Honda Civic to one that is made of lightweight fibreglass to help improve fuel economy or to reduce the weight of the Honda for racing applications. Most aftermarket bonnets offer functional features such as cowl induction or ram air, but some are simply decorative -- just to make your car look customised. Regardless of your reason, if you need to replace the bonnet, you will need to remove the bonnet latch from the underside of the original bonnet so you can transfer it to the new bonnet. Fibreglass bonnets utilise the stock latch to ensure you do not have to replace the latch locking mechanism. The process is straightforward and should take less than 10 minutes.

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  1. 1

    Turn off the engine. Open the engine bonnet by pulling the bonnet release latch on the driver's side kick panel. Support the bonnet on the bonnet prop.

  2. 2

    Locate the bonnet latch on the underside of the bonnet. It is in the middle front of the bonnet.

  3. 3

    Remove the two bolts (one at each end) that secure the metal bonnet latch to the underside of the bonnet using a socket and ratchet. Pull the bonnet latch free of the underside of the bonnet.

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