Q: Hood can’t stay shut

asked by on November 10, 2015

I was terrified when the hood latch failed on my 2012 Kia Soul with about 36k miles on it. When going up onto a highway, the latch opened and caused the hood to crack my windshield. Luckily there was enough of a shoulder to pull over. How common is this problem? I thought cars would have something to prevent this from happening as it is very dangerous. What parts should I replace?

As far as I know, all vehicles meant to be used in the United States should have a double latch system. These systems have a primary latch which holds the hood down all the way and is released by the inside latch pull handle. The secondary latch catches and holds the hood about two inches up after the primary latch is released. These latches need to be lubed on a regular basis with a waterproof lithium grease or manufacturer approved lubricant. You can check your latch for sticking and binding if it is not working properly. You can also contact a trained technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to check the hood latch for you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

How do I set the parking brake?

The parking brake is a vital safety feature that helps keep your car from rolling when it is parked. You should always apply the parking brake when you park your vehicle on any incline, and it’s a good idea to...

How do you adjust sound on a 2012 Ford Fusion radio?

Adjusting the sound of your radio lets you get the perfect mix of bass, treble, fade and balance for your needs. Here’s how to adjust the sound in your car: Push the Sound button to cycle through your options....

What does the anti-lock brake system (ABS) Warning Light mean?

The anti-lock brake system (ABS) Warning Light is located on the instrument panel. This light illuminates when your ABS is not operating properly. Since your ABS is a key part of your brake system, you should have your vehicle inspected...

Related articles

How to Open Your Car Hood
To open your car hood, find the lever inside the passenger cabin and pull it. Find the hood release latch in the grille to open it all the way.
How Drum Brakes Work
Car drum brake systems include the drum, brake shoes, and wheel cylinder. The cylinder pushes the shoes into the drum to slow or stop your car.
Is it Safe to Drive With One Hand?
According According to esure, two million drivers have had an accident, or near accident while driving with just one hand. An academic report that came out in April of 2012 showed that driving with two hands is better than driving...