Shopping for the Right Hood Release Strap
A broken hood release strap is surely an annoyance if you need to check your engine right away, say, on a rainy day. Even with an umbrella, you will definitely have to spend some time prying the strap in order to release the hood. This strap is an extra component that allows you to open your hood with a switch on your driver's side. It is common in Mercedes cars, and it is equivalent to the outside latches located at the lateral parts of the hood in other makes. Many drivers pull their hoods up without first releasing this strap, so the strap breaks and needs replacement. If you are one such driver, here are some ideas to help you shop for a new hood release strap.
There are only a few things you have to remember when shopping for a replacement hood release strap. First, look for the ones that are specific to the make and model of your car. Even though all hood straps share the same function, the configuration may be different depending on the manufacturer. These straps commonly have a pin to secure the other end of the strap to the hood latch. The other factor you have to consider is the design and material. These straps are usually made from plastic and have simple yet functional design. Some straps have curves and edges that you may like, but these do not actually affect their operation. Look for one that will provide a good hold of the hood to the front grille of your car. Color options are limited to black, gray, and other dark shades; you must choose one that complements the color of your car.
Other considerations to keep in mind
These straps are sold individually at a price that ranges from $5 to $10 or higher. If you want to save a few bucks, refrain from looking at the bestsellers in stock. You may check out the discounted items first and see how the price compares with the ones on the top shelf. Make sure to include shipping cost in your computation so that you can adjust your budget. Remember that accessory items like a hood release strap are rarely covered with a warranty, so it is better to prioritize quality over price.