Volkswagen Cabrio Hood
Fixing Common Headaches of the Volkswagen Cabrio Hood
Because it takes up a huge portion of the vehicle's front end, the hood is one of the components of the Volkswagen Cabrio that is most vulnerable to damage and wear. And once it does break down, the hood may not be able to protect the engine and other performance parts inside the engine compartment effectively. So if you notice any of these problems in your Volkswagen Cabrio hood, make sure to address them immediately.
The hood is jammed shut
A jammed hood is a common problem not only with the Volkswagen Cabrio but in other automobiles as well. In a huge majority of cases a jammed hood can be traced to a rusted hood lock. Moisture from rain or condensation can cause rust to build up inside the hood lock mechanism and obstruct its movement. If left unattended for too long, the rust can eat away at the lock components, rendering it useless. Cleaning and lubrication of the hood lock often solves this problem, but if the lock is already badly rusted it must be replaced with a new one.
Scratches and dents
Scratches and dents are another common problem with car hoods, and while it is not as serious it can make the hood look unsightly. Minor damage to the hood's exterior tend to have that effect of making the vehicle look aged and worn-out, a major disadvantage if you are planning to sell your Cabrio in the future. In addition, scratches that strip away the protective finish of the hood can make the affected area highly vulnerable to corrosion. Luckily, superficial scratches on the hood surface can usually be fixed by repaint, while dents may have to be repaired using a plastic resin filler first before being painted over.
Rust and corrosion
Many experts claim that, short of a serious vehicle collision, rust is the most serious problem of a car hood. Rusting is often caused by neglect, scratches that were not immediately covered up, and long and constant exposure to the elements without adequate protection. Dealing with corroded hoods depends on the extent of the deterioration. If only a small area of the hood has corroded, for instance, it might still be repaired by sanding and repainting. But if the corrosion has been extensive and has compromised the integrity of the hood, replacement is a better option to take.