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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:55 am 
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The "Search" function found no topics on hood latch so here we go.
This is a potentially fatal flaw affecting 38,229 Swifts from 1989-1993.

I think recalls do not expire. Nissan replaced all 1987 300zx fuel injectors for me in 1997 under recall. for free. $800 parts and labor. If your local dealer is ignorant, there is contact info in the following NHTSA RECALL BULLETIN. Then the TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN explains how to do the fix.


Part 1
NHTSA RECALL BULLETIN
Model(s): 1989 Suzuki Swift
1990 Suzuki Swift
1991 Suzuki Swift
1992 Suzuki Swift
1993 Suzuki Swift
Campaign No: 93V189000
Number of Affected Vehicles: 38229
Beginning Date of Manufacture: 1988 JAN
Ending Date of Manufacture: 1993 JAN

DESCRIPTION OF DEFECT:
Mislocated attaching spot welds of the hood striker assembly cause
cracks to start on the hood inner panel. If cracks occur, the hood
striker assembly may not properly engage the hood latch when the hood
is closed.
FAULT:
Weld, Solder broken
SYSTEM:
Structure; hood assembly.
CONSEQUENCE OF DEFECT:
An improperly engaged hood latch may result in a hood fly-up while the
vehicle is in motion. This could obstruct the driver’s view and could
cause a vehicle crash.
CORRECTIVE ACTION:
Suzuki will (A) install two bolts and nuts to secure the striker
assembly to the hood inner panel, and (B) ensure that the hood latch
assembly fasteners are properly tightened.
NOTE:
If your vehicle is presented to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon
service date and the remedy is not provided within a reasonable time
and free of charge or the remedy does not correct the defect or
noncompliance, please contact Suzuki Service Center at 1-714-996-7040.
Also, please contact the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration’s Auto Safety Hotline at 1-800-424-9393.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration operates Monday
through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Eastern Time. For more
information call (800) 424-9393 or (202) 366-0123. For the hearing
impaired, call (800) 424-9153.


Part 2
TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN
Model(s): 1989-1993 Suzuki Swift
Section Title: Body & Frame
Bulletin No.: TS 1-12 12173
Division: Automotive
Category: Technical

CONDITION:
The hood striker assembly may not properly engage the hood latch
when closed. This could result in a hood fly-up while the vehicle is
in motion, and could cause a vehicle crash without prior warning.


CAUSE:
The hood striker assembly attachment spot welds may be misaligned
which would allow cracks to initiate on the hood inner panel.


CORRECTION:
Install two (2) bolts, washers, and lock nuts to secure the striker
assembly to the hood inner panel. Check the torque of the three (3)
hood latch assembly retaining bolts.


AFFECTED VEHICLES:
All 1989-1992 Swifts built in Japan and 1993 Swifts built in Japan
up to and including the following Vehicle Identification Number:
JS2AC35S_P5101225
JS2AC34S P5100444
JS2AE355_P5102529

All 1990-1992 Swifts built in Canada and 1993 Swifts built in
Canada up to and including the following Vehicle Identification
Number:
2S2AC35S_P6601357


PARTS INFORMATION TABLE
Part Name ¶ Part Number ¶ Contents ¶ Qty
Repair Kit  58005-60E00 
(refer to Fig. 1)
6mm Tongued Lock Nut  2
 Washer  2
 6mm Bolt  2
 L4 Campaign Sticker  1
Nut Holder  99963-00021  1
(refer to Fig. 2)

Fig. 1: Kit Components
image_id: 16210

Fig. 2: Nut Holder Special Tool
image_id: 16211


SERVICE PROCEDURE
The following procedure will take approximately .3 hours, including
any adjustments.

1. Raise hood and support with Hood Prop. Rod.

2. Position the nut in the special nut holder tool
(P/N 99963-00021) so it is held by the rubber nut holder. See
Fig. 3.
Fig. 3: Inserting Nut Into Holder Tool
image_id: 16212

3. Insert the nut holder tool with the nut into the striker opening
of the striker bracket. See Fig. 4.
Fig. 4: Inserting Nut & Holder Tool Into Striker Opening
image_id: 16213
4. Position the nut in the nut holder over the forward most hole in
the striker bracket.

5. Install bolt with washer into the nut while still holding nut
with the nut holding tool. See Fig. 6.
Fig. 6: Installing Bolt With Washer
image_id: 16214

6. Torque bolt to specifications and remove nut holder.
Torque Specification - 6-8.5 lb.ft. (8-12Nm)

7. Repeat steps 2 through 6 for the other striker hole.


HOOD LATCH ASSEMBLY INSPECTION

1. Inspect hood latch assembly for bent latch or missing latch
retaining bolts. Replace as necessary.

2. Check the torque of the three (3) hood latch retaining bolts on
the hood latch. See Fig. 8.Correct bolt torques as require
Torque Specification - 5 lb.ft. (7 Nm)
Fig. 8: Hood Latch Retaining Bolt Locations
image_id: 16215

3. Close hood to assure latch assembly and striker are properly
aligned and engage correctly. Correct as necessary.

CAMPAIGN VERIFICATION STICKER
1. Clean the center top of the radiator core support to remove any
oil, grease, or dirt residue.

2. Affix the fluorescent L4 Campaign Sticker to the clean, dry
surface. See Fig. 9.
Fig. 9: L4 Campaign Sticker Location
 image_id: 16216

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:02 am 
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is this for all swifts, gt's encluded?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:57 am 
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COOKIEMNSTR wrote:
is this for all swifts, gt's encluded?

yes
the 8th digit of VIN is Body code/type
S=Swift GT
the last VIN in recall is GT
all Swifts back then had same hood design.
Japan and Canada built are included.
someone screwed up big time!

check hood latch welds for cracks.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:30 pm 
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will do. thanks

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 2:13 pm 
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xrw44 wrote:
check hood latch welds for cracks.

Gee, do you think I should fix this?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:36 pm 
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Phil N Ed wrote:
xrw44 wrote:
check hood latch welds for cracks.

Gee, do you think I should fix this?

:?:
the pop rivet looks secure.

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got 61 mpg combined on 14" tires but i prefer 12"

completed frame up restoration: black 1994 Swift GT 5sp -- like new ! 45mpg


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:47 am 
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Applies to Metros too, a lot more than 38K vehicles.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:32 am 
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Strange how the holes for the bolts are there from the factory. :?

Will Suzuki or GM give you a new hood and windshield if it fails?

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To funny. Sold my friend and neighbour a really nice Gt recnetly and the hood flew up at 80mph...Car and him are ok, but windsheild and his underwear took a beating! Shame to have it happen on a gt. Knocked the clock and mirror right into the back seat!

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