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How much does it cost to replace a hood latch?

The average hood latch replacement cost is $126, including $67 for parts and $59 for the mechanic’s labor. Remember that those numbers are just averages, and the total price you’ll pay will depend on your vehicle and location.
How long does a hood latch replacement take? An experienced repair technician should take around 0.5 hours to replace a hood latch. The exact time will vary based on your car. 
Here’s a breakdown of hood latch replacement costs for different vehicles:
Hood latch replacement costs for various vehicles
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 19, 2024
Maserati Granturismo
$148
$116
$32
0.4 Hours
May 18, 2024
Isuzu Rodeo
$167
$116
$51
0.4 Hours
May 16, 2024
Land Rover Range Rover
$167
$116
$51
0.4 Hours
May 14, 2024
Saab 9-7X
$163
$116
$46
0.4 Hours
May 13, 2024
Buick Terraza
$169
$116
$53
0.4 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my hood latch replacement, and how much do those parts cost?

\You can find detailed breakdowns of the parts you’ll need by consulting your vehicle repair guide or
owner’s manual
, but here’s a general overview of the parts you may need:
  • Hood latch assembly: The primary part you’ll need is a hood latch assembly. This usually includes the new latch, release cable, and any necessary hardware. Hood latch assemblies tend to run between $30 and $100.
  • Mounting hardware: If your assembly or latch kit doesn’t come with hardware, you may need to purchase it separately. This should cost less than $20.
  • Hood release cable: Sometimes the
    hood release cable
    needs to be replaced at the same time as the latch. A new hood release cable can cost between $10 and $50.
  • Hood latch release lever: If your hood release lever is damaged, you may need to replace it at the same time as your hood latch. Release levers typically cost between $10 and $50.
We recommend purchasing parts at local auto parts stores like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and O'Reilly Auto Parts, as well as online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto. We also recommend reputable brands such as Dorman, ACDelco, and Genuine Parts Company (GPC) for hood latch components, ensuring secure hood closure and safety for your vehicle. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
Pick up parts from your local auto parts store like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and O'Reilly Auto Parts. If they don’t have your part in stock, they can special order it for you. You might also be able to find parts online at Amazon or RockAuto—just check that you’re getting part numbers that match your vehicle.
It’s a matter of personal preference. If you’re on a tight budget or have limited options for parts, an aftermarket bearing makes sense. If your vehicle is still under warranty though, you might be required to use OEM parts or risk voiding the coverage.

Where can I get my hood latch replaced?

With the rundown on 2,500+ vetted repair shops nationwide, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
can make the search for a mechanic to replace your hood latch a lot easier.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from local shops using actual hourly rates. You’ll be able to budget for diagnostic fees and see reviews from previous customers to make sure you’ll be happy with your service.
Here’s a look at some of our vetted shops below—and you can download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
150 Reviews
Pep Boys Auto Parts & Service - Lane Avenue #135
address
Lane Ave S , Jacksonville, FL
Hood Latch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$216
(Parts - $74, Labor - $142)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
175 Reviews
Kevin's Mobile Repair
address
(Remote Truck Service), Norcross, GA
Hood Latch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$162
(Parts - $74, Labor - $88)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$85
110 Reviews
Bill's Crestmoor Automotive
address
1904 S Holly St, Denver, CO
Hood Latch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$235
(Parts - $74, Labor - $161)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$175
119 Reviews
Insta-Quick Fast Oil Change
address
5200 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, FL
Hood Latch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$105
(Parts - $74, Labor - $31)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$0
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my hood latch?

These are the general steps your mechanic will follow to replace your hood latch:
  • Open the hood and remove any covers or plastic trim blocking the latch
  • Remove the mounting hardware securing the latch to the grille or radiator
  • Disconnect the release cable and spring
  • Attach the new hood latch to the release cable and spring
  • Install the new latch and reattach the mounting hardware
  • Close the hood and ensure that the latch functions properly
  • Check to make sure the hood closes properly and doesn’t damage the fenders
  • Reinstall any plastic trim or covers around the latch

What happens if I don’t replace my hood latch?

If you don’t replace your faulty hood latch, you’ll most likely experience the following problems:
  • Safety issues: If your hood latch doesn’t secure the hood properly, it may open while driving, resulting in an extremely dangerous situation. 
  • Legal issues: In many areas, it’s illegal to drive without a properly secured hood.
  • Inconvenience: If your hood latch becomes stuck, you may be unable to access the engine compartment to perform basic maintenance. 

What is a hood latch?

A hood latch or hood catch is a mechanism located at the front end of a car’s engine bay. It secures the hood and prevents it from opening unexpectedly while driving. Hood latches typically consist of a latch mechanism, a release cable, and hardware to keep the hood closed. 

When should I replace my hood latch?

As there is no set replacement schedule for automotive hood latches, the only time you’ll need to replace yours is if it fails or malfunctions. Here are the most common symptoms of a faulty hood latch:
  • The hood won’t open
  • The hood won’t close or stay closed
  • The hood opens while driving
  • One side of the hood won’t close 
  • Visual damage to the latch, such as rust or corrosion

How often should I replace my hood latch?

Hood latches are not routine maintenance items so there is no set replacement schedule for them. In fact, automotive manufacturers design hood latches to last for a long time, and yours may very well outlast your car. 
That said, hood latches can wear out over time. You’ll need to replace yours if it fails and you can no longer open or close the hood.

Can I replace my hood latch myself?

A hood latch replacement can make a solid DIY project if you have access to the right tools and are comfortable with your mechanical abilities. But if you’re a car repair novice and don’t have the proper tools or know-how, you’re probably better off leaving the replacement to a professional mechanic.

FAQs

No, not all car hood latches are the same. They can vary in design, composition, size, and mechanism. Additionally, some cars have one latch on each side of the hood.
It’s important to verify that you’re purchasing the correct latch for your car by checking the part number.
You should avoid driving with a broken hood latch whenever possible. Driving with a broken or faulty latch can lead to a variety of problems, including the hood opening while you’re moving, damage to other components, and legal repercussions.
A faulty hood latch will typically display several symptoms. The most common signs include a hood that won’t open, a hood that won’t stay closed, and visible damage like rust or corrosion.

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John Davis is an expert automotive writer and former automotive mechanic. John's work spans multiple categories, and he relishes the opportunity to research a new subject and expand his area of expertise and industry knowledge. To date, John has written more than 200 articles covering car maintenance and care, car advice, how-to guides, and more.
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