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.