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Toyota Solara How-to: Troubleshooting Hood Problems

The hood on your Toyota Solara protects the engine and the other performance parts in your car. Because it is located at the front most part of your vehicle, it is very much susceptible to damage; may it be some slight dents from minor stone hits, or to more severe warps from frontal crashes. Below are some tips on how you can maintain the hood of your car in its best shape and avoid going to car repair shops. You will thank us for the dollars we will help you save.

Hinges are coming loose

They are small-and seemingly insignificant-parts in the hood, but their function holds your temper and the safety of your fingers at their mercy. Loose hinges make the hood of your car unstable, especially when you are trying to lift the hood up to check up on the engine. When you are on the road, you can sense the hinges are loose when you notice the hood is rattling, especially when you speed up.


Rusting is the result of neglect. When you put off tending to scratches in the hood of your ride for a very long time, dust and other foreign particles find their way to copulate and totally invade the car's hood with corrosive matter. The solution to this problem largely depends on how minor or severe the damage is. If the rusting occurred in manageable sizes and locations, you can have them shaved and painted over. More extensive damage such as rust covering a great area of the hood, or rust eating away the underside of the metal slab, the best thing you can do is to replace the unit entirely.

Latch and latch cable problems

You should know that the latch and the latch cable has given way, when after several attempts at opening the hood-using the release lever inside your car-has failed to produce any positive result. You can remedy this by having someone manually lift the hood while you pry the latch open with a long screwdriver. Gain access to the latch and the latch cable through the grille on the front fascia of your car.

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  • Toyota Solara How-to: Keep the Hood in Its Best Shape

    The hood is the first thing people see in a vehicle. With the vast surface area it covers, and its front-most location; it is almost impossible not to notice a gleaming, well-maintained hood. It is therefore imperative that you must take extra effort in keeping the hood of your Toyota Solara in its best shape; from the exterior metal slab, up to the smallest hinge and latch. Here's a short guide to help you maintain the hood.

    Sand, shave, and paint

    Not only is it efficient in covering slight cracks, dents, or warps; sanding, shaving, and painting also removes the evidence and the harmful effects of rust stains. If you are a Saturday Mechanic, then it should not be a problem to require yourself to sand, shave, and paint the hood of your car on a quarterly basis (bimonthly if your vehicle travels on rough roads frequently.) If you're not much of a customization enthusiast, then we are strongly advising you to make sanding, shaving, and painting your car a part of your hobby at least.

    WD-40 saves the day

    Older cars usually have more problems with the latch and the latch cable that locks or opens the hood assembly. For this we say, there is nothing a little WD-40 can't fix-unless, of course, you have been holding off on car repairs for too long, that the latch and the latch cable snapped beyond remedy. Difficulty in opening and closing the hood is often caused by lack of lubrication. Spraying down the assembly with WD-40 solves this. You should do this repeatedly and regularly until the lubricant seeps into the mechanism.

    Check the screws and the hinges

    There are two dangerous problems when you have faulty hinges and screws hold the hood of your car. First, it presents a chance of the hood flying up to block your view when driving; and second, the hood becomes a threat to other vehicles if it flies away from its attachment. To avoid these fatal road hazards, always make it a point to check the screws and hinges of the hood-especially if you have been hearing suspicious rattling noises from the front part of your car.