How can I change a car hood?

My mom gave me her really old Honda. It runs well, but it doesn’t look too good. The thing has ‘90s written all over it—it needs a little bit of help. I think swapping out the hood for a cooler one might be a good option. How do you change a car hood?

Answer
Changing your car’s hood may seem like a complicated task, but with the help of a friend, it’s fairly simple.
Just follow these instructions:
  1. Open the existing hood, and insert the prop rod. Then, stand on one side of the hood and have your friend stand on the other side.
  2. Loosen the bolts on your side at the base of the hood. There should be two bolts per side. A ratchet should do the trick. Have your friend loosen the other side.
  3. Hold the hood tight since it’s no longer connected to the car. Pull out the prop rod, lift the old hood completely off the car, and set it down somewhere safe.
  4. Install your new hood by reversing these steps.
Once your new hood is installed, give your car insurance company a call and let them know you’ve modified your car. That way, your new hood will be covered should you ever be involved in an accident.
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Chloe Jenkins
Answered on Nov 24, 2021
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