by Jenny Carver
Image of American muscle car in bright yellow and black by Christopher Dodge from Fotolia.com
Replacing and installing a new hood on your car is not easy due to the awkward size and shape of the hood. Putting it in the car and bolting it on is pretty difficult, but once you close the hood, it may not even line up properly. This can leave odd-sized gaps on either side of the hood, between the fender and the hood. It can also prevent the hood from closing properly. Line the hood of a car with a few tools and less than 10 minutes of your time.
Open the hood and use the ratchet and socket to loosen the bolts on the bracket that holds the hood to the car. Loosen them just a little. Loosen the hood bolts, not the bolts that are on the car.
Gently close the hood to see how it lines up with each fender. The spaces on both sides of the hood must be the same. Push the hood gently while loosening the bolts to close the gap on each side. Once the gaps are even, fully tighten the hood bolts.
Close the hood slowly and check the hood latch to make sure it is properly engaged and that the gap along the front of the hood is even. Open the hood and find the hard rubber plugs on either side, just near the edge where the hood sits when closed. Use your hand to loosen or tighten these until the gap along the front of the hood is even. These plugs raise and lower the height of the hood when it is closed.