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Hood Latch

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A hood that flies open while you're driving is a big NO. More than hitting your windshield, the hood can cause road mishaps by blocking your view of the road or, worse, hitting other cars or pedestrians. This is the reason it's important to make sure that all of the components of your hood are in good condition.

In case the hood latch fails while you're driving, here's what you should do so you'll be able to drive home or reach your destination safely:

Things you'll need:

  • Rope
  • Car repair manual
  • Triangle reflectors

Step 1: Once you notice hood latch failure, slow down as quickly as you can, making sure you check your rearview mirror before you step on your brake pedal.

Step 2: While driving slowly on the part of the road nearest to the roadside, look into the space between the engine and the hood. You can try to put your head out of the window so you can peek around the hood.

Step 3: With your turn signals on, head for the side of the road and pull off completely.

Step 4: If needed, turn the emergency flashers on and fix your latch before driving again. You can choose to tie it down with a rope until you reach your home.

If, while you're fixing it, you found out that the latch of your hood is already rusted, here are several ways to rid this component of rust:

Using wire brush or scrubbing pad

What you'll need:

  • Shop rag
  • Mineral oil
  • Paper towel
  • Scrubbing pad/wire brush

Step 1: Scrape rust stains away using a scrubbing pad or wire brush. In case rust stains are more difficult to remove, put a small amount of mineral oil to the hood latch using paper towel or a scrubbing pad. Allow the oil to sit for 15 minutes.

Step 2: Wipe the latch and the surrounding area clean.

Using lemon juice and borax paste

What you'll need:

  • Borax
  • Damp cloth
  • Paper towel
  • Scrubbing pad
  • Lemon/Lime juice or white vinegar

Step 1: Make a paste by combining 1 part lemon/lime juice and 2 parts borax. Allow the paste to thicken.

Step 2: Apply the paste to your vehicle's hood latch using a paper towel or a scrubbing pad. Let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes. This will give the paste enough time to work its way into the thick rust.

Step 3: Using a scrubbing pad, scrub the paste and rust off.

Step 4: With a damp cloth, wipe off the area clean.

Note: if you don't have lemon or lime juice, you can use white vinegar instead.

Using naval jelly

What you'll need:

  • Naval jelly
  • Rubber gloves

Step 1: Wear your rubber gloves before coming in contact with the naval jelly.

Step 2: With a paper towel or scrubbing pad, apply the jelly. Let it sit for several minutes.

Step 3: Scrub the rust stains on the hood latch and wipe the area clean with a shop rag. The naval jelly is effective in rust removal because it contains phosphoric acid.

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    A hood that flies open while you\'re driving is a big NO. More than hitting your windshield, the hood can cause road mishaps by blocking your view of the road or, worse, hitting other cars or pedestrians. This is the reason it\'s important to make sure that all of the components of your hood are in good condition.

    In case the hood latch fails while you\'re driving, here\'s what you should do so you\'ll be able to drive home or reach your destination safely:

    Things you\'ll need:

    • Rope
    • Car repair manual
    • Triangle reflectors

    Step 1: Once you notice hood latch failure, slow down as quickly as you can, making sure you check your rearview mirror before you step on your brake pedal.

    Step 2: While driving slowly on the part of the road nearest to the roadside, look into the space between the engine and the hood. You can try to put your head out of the window so you can peek around the hood.

    Step 3: With your turn signals on, head for the side of the road and pull off completely.

    Step 4: If needed, turn the emergency flashers on and fix your latch before driving again. You can choose to tie it down with a rope until you reach your home.

    If, while you\'re fixing it, you found out that the latch of your hood is already rusted, here are several ways to rid this component of rust:

    Using wire brush or scrubbing pad

    What you\'ll need:

    • Shop rag
    • Mineral oil
    • Paper towel
    • Scrubbing pad/wire brush

    Step 1: Scrape rust stains away using a scrubbing pad or wire brush. In case rust stains are more difficult to remove, put a small amount of mineral oil to the hood latch using paper towel or a scrubbing pad. Allow the oil to sit for 15 minutes.

    Step 2: Wipe the latch and the surrounding area clean.

    Using lemon juice and borax paste

    What you\'ll need:

    • Borax
    • Damp cloth
    • Paper towel
    • Scrubbing pad
    • Lemon/Lime juice or white vinegar

    Step 1: Make a paste by combining 1 part lemon/lime juice and 2 parts borax. Allow the paste to thicken.

    Step 2: Apply the paste to your vehicle\'s hood latch using a paper towel or a scrubbing pad. Let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes. This will give the paste enough time to work its way into the thick rust.

    Step 3: Using a scrubbing pad, scrub the paste and rust off.

    Step 4: With a damp cloth, wipe off the area clean.

    Note: if you don\'t have lemon or lime juice, you can use white vinegar instead.

    Using naval jelly

    What you\'ll need:

    • Naval jelly
    • Rubber gloves

    Step 1: Wear your rubber gloves before coming in contact with the naval jelly.

    Step 2: With a paper towel or scrubbing pad, apply the jelly. Let it sit for several minutes.

    Step 3: Scrub the rust stains on the hood latch and wipe the area clean with a shop rag. The naval jelly is effective in rust removal because it contains phosphoric acid.