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I picked up a 1997 wagon last week. Overall the car is in solid condition and will serve its purpose of getting me back and forth to work cheaply. One issue I wanted ti fix was the hood not completely latching. I started to take the latch apart to lube it up and sent a spring into the engine bay not to be found 馃槨. I鈥檓 going to the junkyard this weekend in hopes the 97 they have still has its latch. If not, would a latch from a 98-03 work? The latch looks more like the 98 online too. A new latch for a 97-03 is $130, but a 98-03 is $22. See my attached picture. Honestly if the 98 would work I鈥檇 just order that and forego the junkyard. Thanks in advance!
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The 98-03 latch is probably for the ZX2. You'll most likely need to find a 97-02 sedan or wagon to get a latch from.
 

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The 98-03 latch is probably for the ZX2. You'll most likely need to find a 97-02 sedan or wagon to get a latch from.
What he said.

I just drilled down through two component part explosions for hoods.
The F7CZ part is for a vanilla Escort.
The F8CZ part is for a ZX2 (a different beast).
 

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Thanks folks. Every car at the yard had their latch and it was in good shape. Replaced the latch and the release cable and we鈥檙e all good!
 
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