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How to fit and repair unlocking hood latches on the MK 1/2/2.5

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How to fit and repair unlocking hood latches on the MK 1/2/2.5

Postby Mazda Mender » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:19 pm

Big issues have been found with the hood or hard top header latches and side latches not locking any more which can be very dangerous on the motorways if the hood or the hard top becomes unlatched. There have been a number of "fixes" passed about over the years to sort this, such as buying a new or newer latch, using the sun visor to hold them in place, a small self tapping screw, re-shaping it with a rubber dead blow hammer from the stretched and ovaling that has being going on over the years of use.

The worst ones that suffer from the age fatigue are the NB MK 2 and 2.5's from 1998 > 2005 as everything seems to be made of cheese, the Mk 1 latches do fair better and last a lot longer but some do succumb to the age and wear and tear process.

At last there is a good solid cheap solution and fix thanks to a chap called Paul ...thank you Paul.... :obscene-drinkingcheers: :bow-yellow:

Videos of the new button in action....



Now available through Autolinkmx5 from Paul at mx5solutions are the new locking latch buttons. These have been fully tested by Paul and myself, compounds changed and queries and questions answered, so you can now solve a annoying expensive issue, I for one am very impressed.

This guide will walk you through on how to swap the old dead button for a new one in detail, it is a very easy and quick solution...

Our envelope as arrived so open it up ready to swap the buttons....

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So remove your unlocking latch from the soft top or hard top, top or sides, either with a phillips (early) or torx (late)

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Put something down on the worktop so you do not mark the surface of each ...

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Turn the latch over, (As you can also see on this latch the guide nipple cover is split and we recommend that you need to replace that before refitting)...

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You will need a small screw driver to remove the C clamp washer from the hinge pin....

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And it is just a case of putting the blade end of the driver in one of the slots and levering, it does not need a lot of force, so watch where the clip goes and put safe for re-fitting...

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Now we need to push the hinge pin out of the body of the latch and old button and put it safe with the C clip....

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Then remove the old button, drill a hole in it and shove it on a key ring as a keep sake....

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Just for ref the button spring and how it sits in the body....

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Turn the latch over, and raise the latch to give you some room to put the new button in place....

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Maneuver the new button into place holding it straight onto the spring and hinging while pressing down into position....

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Then turn the latch over keeping the button in place and re-insert the buttons hinge pin, you can put the latch down flat on the work top to help as all this can be a little fiddly, you might need at this point to push and shove things around to line up correct....

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Click the latch closed and put it back on the work top upside down....

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Get the C clip washer and place it into the groove on the button hinge pin....

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And then just push it back into place to lock the pin back in place again with the small screw driver or pointed pliers.....

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And that's it all done, it is just a case of refitting it back to the soft top or hard top and listen to that locking solid click of confidence....

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They can be bought through Autolinkmx5 ..... https://www.autolinkmx5.com/soft-top-fr ... 1232-p.asp

Or via Paul at mx5fix

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