Hood Lock: Security in the Hood
You cannot be too careful these days. There's no putting anything past opportunists looking for a quick buck. A hood lock is an added layer of protection for your car's expensive engine components. Yes, your car already has a locking mechanism for the hood, but everyone know that all you have to do is pop the hood from the inside of the car to get it done. So what will you need to know in order to get the right one for your ride?
The Fit Matters
It's been said and done, but fit is the most important consideration when you are buying a hood lock. Fords, Hondas, Toyotas, all these companies make the same thing but do it in different ways. The end result is that hoods are simply shaped and angled differently between different makes and models-sometimes, even between years.
There are two ways that you can tackle this. One, you can measure the mounting area where you want to put the hood lock. This can take some time-it allows you to be precise and play around with the variables a bit.
You can refer to the different online retailers that provide a very precise way to match parts to vehicle based on information that you input. Any of the results are specific for what you drive and what you need.
The Hood Lock Kit
Before you set out and order one, we have to talk about kits. Hood lock kits are slightly more costly than just the hood lock-you're better off for it, though, because they come with all the screws, nuts, and bolts that you need to get the installation done. If you ask us, it's a smart idea to get the kit. It will save you the hassled of looking for the other stuff you need individually!
Car Customization Basics: Installing a Set of Car Hood Locks
Hood locks are designed to be safety mechanisms for hoods, but nowadays, these have become a part of a car owner's sense of style. These locks also help secure the car's hood in case of a front-end collision. This is an easy project and with some basic tools, you can install it in the shortest time possible.
We have listed the reminders, steps, and tools that you will need to help you install a set of hood locks on your car.
Tools that You'll Need:
- Drill set
- Cable ties
- A pair of pliers
- Soapstone pen
- Screwdriver set
- Measuring tape
- Hood lock assembly
- Ballpeen hammer
- A set of hood locks
- Make sure that the hood lock's plate is secured to the car's frame, since vibrations can cause it to loosen.
- Install the lock near the car's steering column. It will blend in nicely with the rest of its interior.
- Improperly installed hood locks can result in a broken windshield or the hood flying up while driving.
Step 1:Open your car's hood, and place the tape measure on the hood latch bar. Pull the tape measure until it reaches the car's exposed frame.
Step 2: Take note of the measurement between the hood lock bracket and car's hood. Make sure to check if there is enough clearance to close the hood normally.
Step 3: Mark the location on the hood where the locking bracket will be installed with a soapstone pen. Use a drill to drill the holes on the locking bracket and where it will be positioned. Insert the screws through the locking brackets and fasten them using a screwdriver.
Step 4: Find a suitable solid surface to bend the hood plate, and make sure to leave about ?" hanging over the work surface's edge. Bend the ?" end to a 90-degree angle to create an L-shaped edge.
Step 5: Bend the plate on the end with the big latch pin hole--it's the second hole from the plate's end, along the series of holes on the plate.
Step 6: Secure the bent hood plate to the hood framing's underside. Attach it to the framing with the screws it came with, but do not secure it directly to the hood's under surface.
Step 7: Make sure to align the bracket and plate so the locking pin can slide freely into the lock position. Run the hood lock cable through the firewall and into the car's interior. Look for a spot where the cable will not rub against or run through any other wiring.
Step 8: Once you have located a route for the hood lock cable, use the drill to make a hole large enough for it to pass through. Pull the cable through and into the interior. Attach the cable's other end to the locking plate on the hood latch's frame.
Step 9: Use cable ties to secure the interior lock assembly near the car's steering column. Make sure that there are no dangling cables visible. Check the installation by locking and unlocking it several times.
Installing a hood lock will take about 45 minutes for an expert DIYer, and around an hour for a beginner. Roll up your sleeves and have fun!