A good driving experience is what we always want from a car company that strives to perfect each vehicle they produce. After all, when we own a Toyota, we are guaranteed of performance and quality. And with every Toyota car we own, we own a piece of machine that keeps us away from accident by offering the much needed protection.
When you drive a Toyota 4RUNNER, Avalon, Camry, Celica, Corolla, Corona, Cressida, Echo, FX, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, MR2, Paseo, Previa, Prius, Rav4, Sequoia, Sienna, Solara, Starlet, Supra, T100, Tacoma, Tercel, Tundra, or any Toyota Van, you always assured of quality, look, and performance. But sometimes, you don't realize that these Toyota cars have the capacity to give you the best protection with its quality parts. And what other Toyota part gives the best protection than the Toyota hood.
Basically, the car hood is another type of door that is consists of an inner and an outer panel. The inner panel provides strength. The outer panel is a metal cover, or "skin". The underside of the hood is often covered with a sound-absorbing material. Some high performance cars have openings in the hood to allow the engine to "breathe" easier. "Hood scoops" are used to channel outside air directly to the air filter, which gives improved performance and efficiency. Hoods also provide protection against harmful materials that can damage the engine underneath. It also reduces sound that is produced by the engine while running.
In an accident, especially on a head on collision, the worst hit part of your car is the hood that is why, a good and properly constructed hood is very essential to reduce the impact to the car and thus protecting the passengers on board. Toyota develops hood equipped with impact reduction feature. This feature called the crumple zone is designed to absorb the energy upon impact. The main purpose of these zones is to prolong the amount of time it takes the car to come to a complete stop in comparison to object the car hits. By this process, the energy of impact is spread over the longer period of time.
Toyota is committed to provide every passenger the right protection they need. That is why the addition of crumple zones to Toyota hoods is great addition to their effort. Toyota also made their hood in a style to bring out the attitude to every Toyota model.
Quick Tips to Replace Your Toyota Hood
Replacing your hood is quite easy especially with the help of a friend. Whether you want to upgrade your cowl to make a fashion statement or to replace it because of a front-end collision, changing your Toyota hood into a lighter one or one that has an electro deposit primer coating (EDP) for a durable protection can be done in one hour.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials:
- New Hood
- Safety glasses
Removing the old hood
Prop the hood properly with the prop rod upon releasing the hood latch. Detach the windshield washer tubing. If applicable, you should also take out the hood insulator, hood struts, and emblem. Then, you and your helper stand on each side of the Toyota hood. Using an appropriate size of ratchet, carefully loosen the two bolts at the base of the hood at your side where it connects to the hinges, which allow it to be raised up and lowered down. Then, pass the ratchet to your helper and instruct him or her to cautiously take out the bolts holding the hood on his or her side. You have to hold the hood securely while your helper is releasing the remaining bolts. Alternatively, you can ask your helper to hold the hood on your side and you do the removal task instead. After removing the remaining bolts, firmly grip the hood and release the prop rod from under the hood. Slowly pull the hood from the hinges. Set aside the old hood.
Installing the new hood
If your Toyota vehicle has the original paint, verify the vehicle identification number (VIN) to make sure you have the same color code as the original paint. Position the new hood to its corresponding hinges with assistance from your helper. You can prop the new Toyota hood with the prop rod. Secure the bolts but do not tighten yet. If applicable, install back the windshield washer tubing, hood insulator, hood struts, and emblem into the new hood. Then, carefully lower down and close the hood. Check the alignment and adjust the hood as needed. When the hood is perfectly aligned, tighten all the hinge bolts with the ratchet. Close the hood.
Tips and warnings
- If your hood is not aligned properly because of the fenders when you close the hood, carefully loosen the bolts a little bit and reposition the hood until the gap is even on both sides of the hood. Then, tighten the bolts firmly.
- To avoid injuries, make sure to wear safety glasses, protective gloves, closed shoes, and use your legs when lifting the hood to prevent back injury. In addition, it is recommended to wait for your vehicle to cool down first before you start removing the old hood. If your vehicle has been exposed to hot weather for a long period, it may be quite hot to hold securely. You or your helper may accidentally let go of the hood and cause injury.