Repairing The Engine Hood Latch In A Gallardo
||Recently I had a simple yet
difficult problem with my Gallardo. I simply could not open the engine hood. When I pulled on the lever behind the
passenger seat it was stuck. I simply would not release the hood latch (fig 1)
over the engine. This latch is controlled by a cable that runs along the left
hand side of the car and comes in behind the drivers seat. After much
poking around under the car with a mirror and screwdriver I managed to release
the lever that holds the hood closed and was able to discover the cause of the
| Figure 1.
Gallardo Engine Hood Latch
To solve this problem I
had to remove the latch from the car. This is done by opening
the 4 screws that attach it to the cars frame with an Allen
wrench (fig 2). Figure 3 shows the cause of the problem. For the leaver to open the latch is pulled by a cable
that is attached to it on a horizontal bar support with a spring. This support
is held in position by a clip shown by the pointer in figure 3.
The problem is this
clip is somewhat weak and can pop out allowing the cable release to
loose contact with the lever. There is a small ball at the end
of the cable that catches the opening lever. In figure 3 it cannot
even be seen! We need a way to make sure this does not happen.
The easy solution is to attach a stronger metal brace as shown in
fig 4. Now the retaining clip cannot pop out and the ball at
the end of the cable is held in place (see figure 4, upper pointer).
One screw is all that is needed to hold this small piece of aluminum
in position (figure 4, lower pointer) Figure 5 gives a side
view of this arrangement.
Of course when done
before reattaching the
assembly to the car frame you should spray the aluminum black.