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How to Open Your Car Hood
You may own your vehicle for some time before you ever need to open the hood and look underneath. But at some point, you will need to access this area, sometimes...
Is it Safe to Drive With the Hood Open?
The hood of your vehicle covers the engine and is kept down by a latch. The hood can be opened by a latch on the interior of the vehicle, right below the...
How Long Does a Hood Lift Support Shock Last?
There are a number of instances where you will have to get under the hood of your car. Whether it is to do a visual inspection or to find out what...
Symptoms of Bad or Failing Hood Lift Support Shocks
If the hood suddenly or gradually closes on its own or it doesn't feel as stable, you may need to replace its lift support shocks.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Heat Shield
Common signs include a burning smell, a hood that is hot to the touch, scraping noises, and melted parts under the hood.
How Long Does a Heat Shield Last?
The heat that is produced by the exhaust system of an engine is much higher than most people realize. With all of the vital and sensitive components that are on your engine,...
What Does the Hood Open Warning Light Mean?
The hood open warning light lets you know when your car hood is not closed properly.
How to Replace Hood Support Struts
The hood struts, or lift support, support your vehicle's hood while you access the engine compartment. A failed strut is a safety concern.
How to Buy a Good Quality Hood Protector
Hood protectors go by several different names. You might call it a wind deflector, a bug deflector or a hood deflector. They all boil down to the same thing. It’s...

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I replace the hood of my 2009 Chevy Impala with the hood of a 2007 Chevy Impala
Yes. The reference I checked, says that 2006-2013 will work.
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Noises during startup, cannot restart - 1998 Isuzu Amigo
Hello. From the symptoms you describe, it would appear that your vehicle is experiencing some sort of mechanical issue. If you noticed a reduction in power along with the sound, then it may be possible that there is an internal...
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A smell is Coming from the hood of my car
Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2005 Ford Focus. Without additional detail this may be difficult to diagnose without physically inspecting the car. There are a number of smells that could come from the car, combined with smoke...
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Hail damage repair
There should be 4 bolts (two on each side hinge) that hold the hood on your car. Unbolting these should get the hood off of the car. Be careful when doing this, as it can be an awkward job to...
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Hood cable broke and hood won't open
Hello. There is a spring loaded latch that the cable pulls on so you should grab a flashlight and a screwdriver like the one you saw him use and look for where the spring is. The lever needs to be...
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Hood latch cable broken at the latch.
Hello. The only way is to get the vehicle up on a lift and using a long screw driver to prop the latch. Replace the cable once the hood is released.
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Hood cannot be opened
Hey there. You may need to have another person check on the hood latch in the center front when pulling on the release. If it will not work, then the vehicle may need to be on a lift to access...
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My battery died and my hood wouldnt open
If the hood will not open it is possible that the cable is broken that the lever is connected to. If this is the case, the trim around the hood lever would need to be removed and you would have...
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Closing a hood
Hello. Some hoods will require the extra push to latch completely. The manual recommendation may not always work since you are talking about a mechanical latch that is no different to a door latch. If it will not latch for...
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Rumbling sound under hood as well as some type of liquid spewing out of a black pipe. Steam is coming out as well
Hey there. If the vehicle is overheating, the spewing liquid may be hot coolant. The area where the leak is coming from may have a component that is leaking itself or has a leaking seal. If you take vehicle to...
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Are hood support struts covered by warranty?
The hood support struts would be covered under you basic warranty coverage. You would need to check with your local dealer to make sure they are covered.
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I need an estimate replacement for a 2005 Pontiac Grand gt.
Billing question sent to CS for the cost of replacing the Headlights, hood, front bumper, and front fenders on a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix.
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Rust spots on Pearl Red hood - repaint whole hood or spot-fix
Hello. If the chip damage is already showing rust, you will want the hood properly re-painted, with rust-treatment of the damaged spots of course. The old adage "rust never sleeps" is true - if you have rust showing now, it...
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Where is the hood sensor located?
Depending on your specific model of Chevrolet, your hood latch and sensor should be all one assembly. However, it is possible to separate them taking the hood sensor out and keeping the hood latch itself operational. I would recommend having...
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About to purchase a 1985 Buick with 300k miles. Has a new paint job and a new radiator already. Heat from engine when opened hood
Hello. Especially with the indicated mileage, I would be concerned about excessive heat, and low fluids - both oil and coolant. Also, sounds like radiator hoses are way too old. The new radiator is also a clue that the car...
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Battery died. Now can't get into my car to pop the hood and charge it.
Hi there. The car could have made the door latches locked out. This prevents the doors from opening during an event of power loss during an accident. This happens, but the mechanical key should still open the doors. If the...
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I have a damaged hood, radiator support and headlight
Hello, thank you for writing in. The hood should technically fit. Some replacement hoods for the 1999 say they will not fit the 2000 model, but they should be the same. The first thing you want to do is look...
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Hood hinge is not aligning the hood.
Hi there. If the hood will not set correctly on the vehicle and the adjustments were made in all directions, then the hinges may be bent or out of placement. I recommend replacing the hinges with new ones to have...
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Hood release
This is actually a fairly common issue. It is possible that a linkage has broken, but more often, the hood release cable has stretched over time and needs to be replaced. In either situation, the cable and the interior handle...
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The cable for my hood release broke on the end that's connected under the hood.
There are small bolts on the deck where the hood bumpers are located at. Remove those bolts and bolts that are on the inside of the grill and the front grill will come off. The hole grill and lights assembly...

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