FAQs— Hyundai Hood
- After installation, I noticed that when closed, my new Hyundai hood isn’t correctly aligned in relation to the fenders. What can I do to solve this?
You may need to slightly loosen the bolts and reposition the hood until you achieve an even gap on both sides. You should also check the hood latch to be sure that it is latching properly. Once you’re sure that the hood is now correctly aligned, that’s the time when you should securely tighten the bolts.
- Any tricks on how I can easily open my stuck Hyundai hood?
The fastest way you can open a stuck hood is by using downward pressure. Most of the time, the hood got stuck because the latch is slightly jammed. If that’s the case, you can relieve the right amount of tension to operate the latch by simply pressing on the hood. While this task can be done alone, it will be pretty much easier if you have someone to help you. If applying downward pressure does not work, then you must troubleshoot the problem right away as there might be a more serious issue causing the hood to stick.
- My hood’s release mechanism is broken. Is there still a way for me to open my Hyundai hood manually?
Yes, there is a way for you to manually open your car’s hood when its release mechanism becomes broken. You can do this by shining a flashlight to find the primary hood latch. This one usually looks like a hook. Most of the time, the latch assembly is attached to the radiator support hood. If that’s the case with your Hyundai, then you can access the latch via the grill. Depending on your Hyundai model, the latch assembly can also be accessed from underneath the vehicle. You just have to carefully operate the primary latch using pliers, a screwdriver, or a thick piece of wire.
- My Hyundai’s hood got stuck several times now. What could be causing this?
There are a lot of reasons why a hood refuses to open, but such reasons and problems can be traced to basic causes—a problem with the hood’s release mechanism or a trouble with the hood itself. A damaged hood due to an accident may get stuck and become extremely difficult to open. If this is the case, don’t attempt to open your hood by yourself, especially if you’ve been in a major accident. What you should do instead is to contact your mechanic and have your hood professionally opened and fixed. Most of the time, though, the reason for a stuck hood is a bad release mechanism or a problem with the latch assembly—such issues can easily be dealt with even by a DIYer, with the help of another person.
- How can I properly take care of my hood latch to prevent it from causing my Hyundai hood to stick?
You shouldn’t neglect hood latch maintenance. Start by regularly cleaning the hood latches and lubricating the hinge and spring mechanisms for them to operate properly. If you’ve temporarily fixed your stuck hood, take the chance to thoroughly examine the release system. If you notice grime buildup, make sure to clean the area as that could also cause the hood to stick.
- My Hyundai hood has some surface or minor scratches. How can these be fixed?
For scratches that don't go through the clear coat and deep into the paint, the remedy could be as simple as polishing them out with compound. This method can remove some of the hood’s clear coat, so make sure to polish only the affected spot to avoid the need to re-spray clear coat. Once you’re done polishing, clean the area thoroughly to get rid of this abrasive compound.
- My Hyundai hood got an unsightly dent. A friend told me that it can be removed using a hair dryer. Is that true?
If the dent is situated on the metal panels of the hood and not along the edges, and if there are no major creases or paint damage on the dented area, this can be remedied using a hair dryer. To pull off the task, you may also need heavy-duty insulated rubber-coated gloves, a can of compressed air, aluminum foil, and a pack of dry ice.