- I was trying to open the hood of my Subaru to take a peek at the engine and refill the coolant. Unfortunately, the hood won’t open. What could be the problem with this panel?
If the hood won’t open, it can be because of a broken latching mechanism. The problem could stem from a damaged latch or latch cable. The release handle that didn’t come off may also be one to blame. If the latch wasn’t shut properly, then this could be the cause of this problem, as well.
- What can I do to open a hood that’s stuck? I don’t want to call a mechanic right away if there’s something I can try first to fix it by myself.
You need a long screwdriver, flashlight, and some pliers to fix the problem. The hood release handle has to be pulled. Pushing down on the hood several times may shake or wiggle the hood latch until it opens. That could be a way for you to open the stuck hood. If this doesn’t work, then you need somebody to lift the hood for you while you’re pulling on the release handle. The long screwdriver will come handy when pushing on the release latch. Work it until the latch is released manually. To release the secondary latch, you’ll have to press down the hood lightly. This usually works. If not, then you’ll need the help of an auto mechanic. Don’t attempt any more DIYs if the hood just won’t open after several tries.
- The hood of my car won’t latch, and as it turned out, the one to blame is the latch mechanism that remains in open position. What can I do to fix it? Will WD-40 work?
WD-40 can fix this stuck latch mechanism. Just spray the hood latch with this solution and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Apply some WD-40 on the latch cables as well. You have to move to push the latch to close and pull it. It should move back and forth.
- Why do hood cables snap or become loose? My Subaru hood won’t open. And when I had someone check it for me, he said that the cause of the problem is a broken cable.
Hood cables get damaged because of corrosion. It may also be part of normal wear and tear after years of use. When they weaken or become worn out, they may snap at either ends. If the hood won’t open because of a busted cable, you may use a coat wire hanger and some pliers to try opening the hood. Get a firm hold of the hood release handle using the pliers and then pull it until the hood opens. If this doesn’t work, you may use a coat hanger or anything similar to this, such as a looped aluminum wire, for catching the cables. You have to pull the ends to release the hood.
- My hood got badly dented in a front-end collision, and it needs to be replaced right away. Is it difficult to remove and install a hood by DIY-style? I’m thinking of doing it myself to save some bucks. What are the tools I’ll need?
Although shops specializing in auto body works typically handle this kind of job, hood replacement can be done as a DIY job with a little help from someone. You just need a ratchet, sockets, and a hood that fits perfectly. You basically just have to loosen the bolts at the base using a ratchet. Your helper has to hold the other end as you unplug the bolts until the hood is disconnected from the hinges. The new hood can be installed by locking in the bolts with the ratchet. It’s that easy.
- There’s a slight dent on my car’s hood. What can I use to fix this?
A large rubber mallet can be used to pull the dent on the car hood. Prop up the hood and hit the dent lightly using the mallet. You need to have someone hold the hood so that the hinges won’t break. The dent should be tapped at the middle. Start with light tapping and then increase the force as you go along to pop out the dent.
- There’s oxidation on my hood, and I don’t want to resort to painting it to cover this up and restore the shine. What product can I use to remove the oxidation?
A car polish may be used to remove oxidation. Just make sure that you get one that can be applied manually and is safe for the clear coat. Follow the instructions for preparing or using the solution, whether it’s in liquid form or in paste. Use a microfiber sponge for applying the polish and for rubbing it on the hood. In case the polish isn’t enough to cover up the oxidized part, you may use a polishing compound. It would be best to wax the car after fixing the oxidized parts.