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How to Lubricate the Hood/Trunk Latch in a Nissan Maxima

    • 1). Pick up a can of WD-40 and a lithium grease like Teflon (TM) White Lithium Grease to properly lubricate the latches in your Nissan Maxima. You can find these products at an auto parts store or a hardware store.

    • 2). Start by cleaning the hood/trunk latches on your Nissan Maxima using a clean cloth. Wipe down the exterior parts to remove dirt and grime. Then look inside the latch assembly. If you notice there's debris in the latch assembly, you need to remove it.

    • 3). Wrap a screwdriver in a cloth and use this to swab out the interior of the latch assembly. Try to remove all sand, grit and dirt before you lubricate the latch.

    • 4). Brush away the rust spots with a wire brush. You can also use a piece of sandpaper to sand off the rust. If you remove large pieces of rust, remove these pieces carefully so they don't fall into the latch assembly.

    • 5). Treat the assembly with WD-40. This helps protect the metal parts of your latches and protects them from further rust damage.

    • 6). Spray the hood or trunk latch of your Nissan Maxima with an aerosol lithium spray. Operate the latch after each application of the grease. This will not only help you to work the grease into the latch's assembly, but it will also help you to determine when you have applied enough lithium grease to the latch. When the latch operates smoothly and stops making excessive noise, you can stop adding lubricant.

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