Causes of a Defective Jeep CJ5 Hood
To prevent damage to the Jeep CJ5's engine parts, a durable hood is equipped on the auto. A fully functional hood should be able to protect the parts underneath it from dirt, debris, hail, rain, and other unwanted particles. In fact, there have been cases of fire-related accidents because of an unmaintained hood. So, if you think that you already need a replacement for your stock hood, then better perform some troubleshooting. Here are some of the common defects encountered with a Jeep CJ5 hood and the reasons behind them.
Bent or dented hood
There are several instances that can lead to a bent or dented hood. For instance, objects may fall and create a dent on the part, so always be choosy when it comes to parking spots. Other times, you or your friends may sit on the hood and get it bent. Luckily, since the hood and the headlights are readily visible, diagnosing for dents should be a piece of cake. Once you find minor dents, simply prepare a hammer. Just make sure to wrap the tool with a rag to avoid paint damage. Always aim for accuracy instead of just constantly hitting the dented part.
Bird nests under the hood
This may not be a common occurrence to some drivers, but it is possible that birds build nests under the car's hood. This problem can be a fire hazard because nesting material can easily catch fire. To prevent causing a fire, make sure you check under the hood for any signs of nesting material every time you are about to drive. If the birds keep coming back to your auto, you might want to place a doll or a scary object to repel the birds.
If your car hood won't open, then it can either mean that you have a defective latch assembly or a broken cable. When the release handle for the hood does not go back into position after pulling it, then the likely cause of the defect is a broken cable. When the handle retracts and you can feel the part trying to release the latch, then the latch assembly may be at fault.