Some Problems You may Encounter with Your Subaru Legacy Hood
The Subaru Legacy hood is the hinged cover over the front of your car that allows access to the engine compartment. Without it, the components at the front will be exposed to outside elements, which could affect their performance and function. If your hood doesn't lock onto its latch when you close it or if it won't pop open when you release it, then it's time to troubleshoot.
Hood not latching all the way
When you close the hood but you didn't hear the clicking sound of the latch, or when you are driving and you see the hood bouncing slightly, then the latch might be stuck. This could be a lubrication problem. Spray down the latch assembly with WD-40 to fix it. You might have to do this several times and wait for the lube to seep into the mechanism.
At times, the hood itself can get jammed and you can't get it to open. This could happen for a number of reasons, but the most common of them could be the rusting of the hood's lock. To fix this, try the following tips:
- Get a friend to help you out. He will be propping the hood open while you will be releasing the lever. You must do these at the same time.
- If the first tip doesn't help, try pushing down on the hood and then try pulling it open manually. Be careful not to damage the component by pushing or pulling too hard, though. This should get the hood open if it were really jammed.
Once you got the hood open, oil the latch assembly to get it working smoothly again.
Broken lever or loose cable
There are cases when the lever that you use to open your car's hood could be broken. You can easily spot a broken hardware when you do a visual inspection of the hood and reach out for the lever.
At times, the lever might be working fine but the cable that connects it to the lock of the hood could have gotten stretched, and the lack of tension in the cable keeps the lock from being released. To fix this, you will have to pull hard at the cable that connects to the lever. You can find it behind the panel around the hood release lever.
Tips to Keeping Your Subaru Legacy Hood in Good Condition
Your Subaru Legacy hood is the most important body panel of your car as it houses all of your vehicle's performance components including the engine. Unfortunately, because it's also one of the most vulnerable parts of your car, it is common for the hood to obtain some damage from accidents and the outside elements. The good news is that you can restore this component to its good condition by following these tips.
Maintaining hood hinges
Among the different hardware pieces that connect the hood to your car are the hinges. Over time, these loosen up or even disappear. Before you wait for this to happen and causing your hood to open wide while you drive, regularly check the hinges if they are all still there and if none of them are broken. When replacing these hardware pieces, keep these tips in mind:
Removing the hinges is technically taking the hood off. Before detaching them, disconnect the windshield washer tubing and any wiring attached to the component. This will prevent these connections from getting damaged when you take out the hood.
While you remove the hinge bolts, have a friend hold on to the hood. Then, with his help, lift the component off your car and place it on a carpet or some blankets to avoid scratching the paint.
Removing scratches and dents
Minor vehicular accidents could also damage your car's hood, causing small scratches and dents on the component. While this may be a simple problem that won't affect the car's performance, every good car owner knows how unsightly these damages are.
To remove scratches, try these tips:
Identify your car's color code before going out to buy paint. This will help you find one that matches the exact shade of your vehicle. You can find your car's color code in the trunk under the spare tire, under the hood right on the firewall, or on the driver's side door jamb.
Because you will only be concealing small scratches, there is no need to paint the whole hood. Just buy two paint pens-one that matches your car's color and another that's clear-coated-to apply directly on the scratch.
To remove dents, take note of these helpful guidelines:
If the dent is just a minor one, start by tapping it out using a lightweight hammer. Work from the outside moving in with small, short taps.
If the dent is deeper, drill a hole in its center using a 1/16-inch drill bit. Thread a metal screw through the hole you made and pull the dent out using a pair of pliers. Lightly hammer out any imperfections left.