Avoid dents and damages by correctly closing your hood
We all hate mysterious dents. Even though car dents and damages can come from multiple sources, sometimes they seem to appear from out of nowhere. Especially, when the car is well covered, parked inside a garage or carport. After decades of helping Colorado car owners restore their vehicles to its original look, at Auto Rehab, we have learned how common it is to self-inflict damages or dents on the bodywork of your car without even noticing it.
It is very rare for a car owner to concentrate on the proper way to open and close the car’s hood. Nonetheless, closing incorrectly the hood can easily make small dents and could eventually wear its mechanism and safety features. This could also lead to bigger and more dangerous situations like a flying hood slamming against your windshield. Therefore, at Auto Rehab, we put together a list of helpful tips to close your car hood properly and avoid causing any damages.
How to Open and Close Correctly your Hood?
Opening the Hood
Most cars have the same hood opening mechanism. However, it is always wise to check the owner’s manual to clear any doubts. First, look for the hood release handle inside the cabin. It is usually located under the dash on the driver side, under the steering column, or on the floor.
Once the hood pops up, look for the hood catch. This is the small hook that prevents the hood from flying open. It usually works by either pushing or pulling back, or to the side. Then, locate the hood prop and insert it into the designated hole in the front of the hood. O.K. So far, so good. These steps shouldn’t represent much of a challenge. The tricky part comes when closing the hood. This is when most car owners make mistakes.
Closing the Hood
Many car owners drop or slam their car’s hood to close it. This is a huge mistake. You can easily make dents and bend the hood’s metal when slamming it. Also, in the long-term it can wear the hood’s hinges and springs, making it harder to close it, forcing you to apply more pressure and causing dents on top of it.
On the other hand, a hood that is not closing properly can easily fly open crashing against your windshield, damaging both. In the worst scenario, it might even fly against other cars. The proper way to close a hood is by gently putting it down and pushing it with your palm in the latch spot. Press down with just the necessary strength for the hood latch to catch the hood.
Avoid using your fingertips to press down the hood, as it is easier and very possible to cause tiny dents and dings. You can also make indentations on the hood if pushing on the wrong spot.
Closing accurately your hood will provide a longer lifespan, and it will help to protect the engine and other essential components. If you already have dents and other damages on the hood or other parts of the bodywork of your car, don’t hesitate and get them fixed as soon as possible. Not doing it so could lead to more significant issues, like rust or corrosion. Contact Auto Rehab today and get the best paintless dent removal services available in Colorado. Our PDR techniques will restore your car to its original look in a fast and affordable way, without affecting the original paint.