Keeping your Nissan Altima's engine parts safe from road elements is made possible with an efficient car hood. Aside from providing protection, you can also customize the hood to your liking to add more flair and style to your ride. Although it is engineered for a long service life, the car's hood is still susceptible to wear and tear. Soon, it can cause damage to your Nissan Altima's appeal, and it can even fail to protect the engine and the parts underneath it. If you think your car hood is at the brink of its service life, then better perform some troubleshooting. Listed below are some common hood problems and the reasons behind them.
If you find it difficult or even impossible to open your hood, then you might have corroded locks. To fix the glitch, you might need a companion to help you out. When releasing the lever to open the hood, have your companion prop open the hood at the same time. More often than not, broken levers or defective cables are the cause of a jammed hood. Simply inspect the lever and check if it lacks tension. You see, this tension defect prevents the release of the locks. If the locks are fine and the lever seems to be in good shape, then the hood's cable must be at fault.
Sometimes, dents and scratches are unavoidable. This is especially the case during winter season when hail is present. You see, a hail storm can cause dents on your Nissan Altima's hood. A dented hood is no good as it entails a greater risk of damaging the engine parts. Luckily, it can be solved easily even for a DIY beginner because there are several methods to address the issue. You may use a plunger with a small amount of petroleum jelly under it to create an airtight suction. You may also perform the heat method in which you blow dry the dented part and strike it back into shape with a mallet.
A flaky or discolored paint job on your car hood is caused by a variety of factors. It may have been due to improper cleaning, or it could have simply faded because it has already exceeded its service life. Luckily, applying wax on your car can easily address paint discoloration. Just make sure that the waxing product used matches with the hood color and material.