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Hood Latch Broken
The struts that hold up the hood on my 4th Generation Toyota 4Runner have been slowly giving out and one day it completely did. My hood dropped down on its own and somehow broke the hood latch clip. As a result of this, my hood was stuck closed. In order to open the hood again, I’d have to reach through the grille and lift on the latch with my finger manually (circled in red below). I discovered that my hood latch was broken.
After getting the hood open, I see the damage. A tiny clip that connects the latch handle the rod.
The handle that unlocks the hood with broken clip seen on left of photo.
The rod above should be connected to the clip.
New OEM Toyota part #69759-20110 on eBay
Another view of the new oem part #69759-20110 on eBay
New clip (left) next to broken clip (right)
New clip installed
Rod connected to new clip and then locked in place.
The hood now opens and closes properly. Now would be a good time to replace the hood struts as it is easy to do and will prevent you from breaking the hood latch again in the future.