Dealing with the Common Causes of Jeep Grand Cherokee Hood Trouble
A Jeep Grand Cherokee hood in perfect condition is very important not only for maintaining the nice looks of your vehicle but also for making sure that all the vital components beneath it are well protected. However, with constant exposure to the elements and to minor accidents, your hood can eventually become damaged. Here are some of the most common problems with your Jeep Grand Cherokee hood:
Defective latch and hinges
When your Grand Cherokee's hood latch and hinges become worn out, there's a big chance that your hood will become difficult to open or completely stuck. However, problematic hinges and a damaged latch can also present a bigger and more dangerous issue for you. In some cases, loose or missing hinges or a failing latch can make your hood pop open and obscure your vision while you're driving at high speeds. Try to visually inspect your latch and hinges for signs of damage and replace them if necessary.
As a big hunk of metal, your hood can also be quite prone to rust. For the most part, corrosion usually eats away at your hinges and latches. However, if the rust begins to damage a good portion of your hood, you will need to patch up your hood or replace it immediately. Unattended rust holes can expose very important components in your engine bay to water, mud, snow, and other debris. You can usually just apply some antirust spray to repair the small rust spots, but take note that this cheap and quick fix can also leave your hood looking quite unattractive.
Dents, scratches, and peeling paint
Your hood covers a big part of your Jeep's body. It is also one of the first things that people notice in your vehicle, so it is only fitting to immediately fix any dents and scratches on your hood. If you have been involved in a fender bender recently, there is a good chance that your bumper, fenders, and hood have all sustained some damage. Be sure to examine if your hood's paint job is holding up as well since constant exposure to the sun can also result in peeling hood paint.