Instructions on How to Remove and Install a Hood Rod Clip
It is important to replace your old and damaged hood rod clip so you won't experience a banging noise under your hood. I know you don't want to see your engine compartment with a complete mess upon opening the hood. The damaged hood rod clip will eventually cause problems under your vehicle hood, so it is necessary to replace it when broken. Removing your old hood rod clip and installing it is a bit easy task. Here's how to do it yourself.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Needle nose pliers
- Flat Screw Driver or Pick tool
- Safety glasses
- Rubber gloves
- New hood rod clip
Step 1: Look for the replacement of your old and broken hood rod clip. You can go to your nearest auto parts store or you may also opt to buy it online. Make sure that the replacement hood rod clip will fit in perfectly.
Step 2: Park your vehicle in a safe area. Be ready with all the tools and materials, and make sure that the area is well-lighted and well-ventilated.
Step 3: Always wear your safety glasses and rubber gloves when doing maintenance and repairs. This will avoid unwanted injuries and accidents that can be fatal.
Step 4: You don't need to start your engine when doing this DIY job. If in case that you need to replace your hood rod clip as soon as you notice it (while on the road), make sure to let your engine cool down first.
Step 5: Use your needle nose pliers to remove all the broken pieces of your old and broken hood rod clip. Make sure to dispose them properly.
Step 6: Be careful not to scratch off the paint under the clip while removing those broken pieces.
Step 7: Remove the screws carefully and place them in a container, so you won't misplace them.
Step 8: Wipe the area before installing the new one.
Step 9: Use your flat screw driver to install the new hood rod clip and the screws in place.
Step 10: Check if it gives you a steady hold of your hood. Make necessary adjustments by tightening or loosening the screws.
Hood rod clips come in different colors. It is all up to the owner of the vehicle on what color to choose that best suits his or her ride. Dark colors are also recommended so dirt will not be too visible, especially if you're the type of person who doesn't want to clean every detail of your auto parts. This DIY job will just take you an hour or less, so better replace your broken hood rod clip as soon as possible. It is important to have a sturdy hood rod clip whenever you need to do some dirty works under your hood or engine bay. Invest in a high-quality one, so it can provide you a really strong hold on your hood. You can repaint your hood rod clip later on if you want a new look as well.