So a few years back I hit a deer (which hopefully survived after it ran off) and when the hood was replaced they left the old bent hinge on for reasons I now understand.
Problem: Impact from the deer pushed a section of my front end inwards, because of this I cannot replace the bent hinge without causing the hood latch to sit out of alignment with the hook, which means I can’t close my hood.
Today while doing some maintenance the bent hinge finally broke so I need to replace it soon, but that means fixing this alignment issue. Below are some images of my car and diagrams explaining the problem. Figure 1.3 shows the alignment issue when the new hinge is installed, I already tried replacing the hinge so I have experienced this firsthand. The new hinge will put the hook too far forward so it can’t engage the latch.
I doubt I can take a hammer to the area and push it back out, so I could maybe remove the hook, bend it so it fits with the latch, and reattach. I could obviously take it to a shop but I don’t have the cash right now and likely won’t for a couple months. When the hood is latched, it doesn’t move and some short highway driving saw no problems befall me, so I think I can hobble along for a bit. Any advice is greatly appreciated!