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Hi, folks. Wondering if someone could help me with this issue. My hood latch sensor has been coming on lately saying my hood is open. I have removed the grill and removed the sensor, cleaned it with sensor cleaner spray and replaced it. It stayed off for a while. Now it's back on again. I've resigned myself to the fact that I will likely have to buy a new part. No problem. It's short money. My issue is I have to travel tomorrow for work (driving my Rover) and stay at a hotel for 2 nights. I'm dreading the alarm going off in the middle of the night in the hotel parking lot. Can I just disconnect the hood latch sensor for 2 days until I can get home and replace the part? Thanks.
 

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Very common. just disconnect it and jumper the harness. The alarm will think that the hood is always closed. What happens is the panels expand in higher temps and the alarm thinks someone has opened the hood. The hood switch is similar to an old dome light switch in a door jamb. They aren't expensive if you wish to replace it. Many folks just bypass to avoid future issues.

Then again, what year and model do you actually own?
 

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Hi, RR ToadHall. Is "jumpering the harness" as simple as taking a length of 12 gauge insulated copper wire and putting one end in each of the harness connector holes? Sorry, I've never done this before. Thanks so much!
 

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That is correct. Or you can use a paper clip. tape off the end to keep the elements out.
 

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Hi, RR ToadHall. Is "jumpering the harness" as simple as taking a length of 12 gauge insulated copper wire and putting one end in each of the harness connector holes? Sorry, I've never done this before. Thanks so much!
Correct. The thought process is this: a switch (such as the hood switch) is an open circuit. When the circuit is closed, it means the hood is closed. The harness has two connectors which are basically the same wire with a switch in the middle of it. Simply connecting those two connectors will complete the circuit and your truck will think the hood is closed.
 

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Mine broke about a month ago, I just removed the switch and left the wires in place without jumping them. Not had any problems with the alarm or dash warning lights telling me the bonnet is open. One day I'll get around to replacing it.
 
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