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Toyota Sienna Hood

Problems with the Toyota Sienna Hood and How to Solve Them

Do you guys remember the scene where Megan Fox was leaning on the car hood on the movie Transformers? Of course you do. Now imagine how that scene would play out if Megan finishes the job and closes the hood, so far so good? What if the hood fails and completely bounces back, giving Megan an amazing uppercut? Still good because it's Megan, right? But most of us aren't Megan, and the uppercut can prove to be costly for our image and ego. Problems with the car hood are commonly experienced by car owners so there's a lot of know-how as to what causes them and how you can solve them, some of which are listed here.

Latch problems

The basic concern for car hoods is the latching. A faulty latch assembly would prevent your Toyota Sienna hood from closing completely, which causes noise and shakes every time you drive your car. Having this problem serviced is not exactly cheap so it's better to troubleshoot it yourself. In most cases, worn out parts and a loose cable are the causes for a bad latch. If you have a relatively old car, the parts of the hood assembly are likely rusted or worn out. This is unavoidable since the opening/closing of the hood and the constant shakes of your car are enough to roughen up the parts.

However, there are times when the problem isn't exactly in the hood assembly, which brings us to the case of the loose cable. If you take a look at the latch lever, there should a tiny wire loop in it. There is a chance that this part got disconnected or was loosened.

Rust problems

And where there is metal, there is bound to be rust. Most car hoods are made of metal (or at least made mostly of metal) so rusting is something that cannot be avoided. Premature rusting, however, is a different case. A good paint job and coating usually last a couple of years; seeing rust earlier than that would mean that the paint job was poorly done. Minor scratches or dents can also cause a faster buildup of rust.

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  • Tips to Keep Your Toyota Sienna Hood Properly Attached

    We admit that we are completely clueless as to why couples think that lying on the car hood somewhere in the city is romantic. We have three assumptions from this though: one, the car seats are not comfortable at all; two, the heat and vibration of the engine make the couple feel like they are being massaged; and three, you wouldn't want a weak, semi-damaged car hood during that time. To help you enjoy that relaxing time of sitting on your Toyota Sienna hood, we listed tips on how you can keep it in good condition. It is best to be prepared for impromptu sits on the hood or romantic dates, whatever you guys call it.

    Check the cables and hinges

    Car hoods are generally attached to the car body through hinges. In time, these hinges and bolts will get loose because of the constant opening and closing of the hood as well as the shakes/vibrations during a drive. The hood assembly also has cables in it which can also get disconnected. We recommend that you inspect them at least twice a year; retighten loose bolts and replace the rusted parts. It is better if you could check the parts as soon as you notice excessive shakes from the hood.

    Lubricate the latch assembly

    If you have an old car, chances are the metal are getting too rough or rigid; problems with latching are common for older cars. Now, we would not ask you to buy a new hood for your car because we know how sentimental a man can get. We would, however, suggest that you lubricate the latch assembly at least thrice a year to prevent it from getting locked. Just spray a bit of lubricant (it doesn't matter what brand) on the hinges that connect the hood to the body. Doing this can make latching easier as well as prevent the metal-scratching noise from the hood.

    Repaint and recoat scratches

    Scratches, when left alone, risk premature rusting and greater damage on the hood. We advise that you immediately repaint and recoat the scratches. This would prevent prolonged exposure of the hood to the oxygen and dirt, which causes the rust.