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Front bonnet/hood: what it does, how to troubleshoot and replace it

What is a front bonnet?

A car hood, also referred to as a bonnet, is a hinged cover on the vehicle’s front that rests over the engine for a front-engine vehicle. A concealed latch holds the hood down for the passenger car. However, for race cars, the hoods have been modified and are held down by hood pins. Typically, the hood is made from but not limited to steel and aluminium material. Recently, car hoods have been introduced made from carbon fiber, fiberglass, and dry carbon. Also, the design of the bonnet is dependent on the vehicle model.

What does a hood do?

The front bonnet is solely designed to protect the main car parts from any damage, direct sunlight, and dust. The components of the car enclosed by the bonnet include; engine, radiator, transmission system, air conditioning system, brakes, and windshield wiper fluid. Additionally, it is used to provide access to the inner components in case of repair or maintenance. In other instances, the front bonnet is fitted with vent designs for cooling the engine at high speeds. It is then fitted with air filters to provide clean air to the engine compartment.

Can you replace it yourself?

Theoretically, replacing the front bonnet sound like a daunting task that a body shop can only handle. But this is not the case; it is a simple task you can take a DIY approach. In case the bonnet is damaged from a collision, or you need an upgrade, the following procedure should be followed;

  1. The processs starts with removing the starts w old hood. To do this, you will need a helping hand to hold one end of the front bonnet while you hold the other in an upright position. Using the right-sized socket wrench, loosen the bolts fastened at the base of both sides of the front bonnet. This will free the hinges and allow them to move up and down.
  2. In case the bonnet is held by a hood strut, the removal process slightly differs. First, using a flat-head screwdriver, slide the clip outwards. The head of the screwdriver is placed between the clip and strut ball joint and pushed on the outward position. Whenever you feel it is loose enough, pull the strut out yourself.
  3. Installation of the new hood. Hold the bottom corner of the new hood with one hand and place the rest of the bonnet on your shoulder as you hand-tighten the bolts. The other person on the other end should be doing the same. Be sure to check the alignment of the hood before tightly fastening. This can be done by closing the hood while still loosely bolted and checking the surface level.
  4. Lastly, you need to check for any adjustments needed. A sign of a misaligned hood is spacing between adjacent parts such as fenders and front bumper cover. Therefore, you should run your fingers through the seam to identify uneven spacing.

Things to know and remember when replacing the part

When replacing the front bonnet, you need to be extra cautious to avoid damaging other car parts. For instance, the bolts holding the front bonnet are too close to the windscreen; therefore, you need to be keen not to damage it when unscrewing.

Additionally, you should not remove the hood brackets attached to the car frame or fenders unless the brackets are also damaged. Removing the hood bracket is likely to affect the panel alignment.

When removing the old hood, it is fundamental to safely hold it in position to avoid it falling on you. Moreover, it would be best to be cautious so that the hood’s corners do not slip and hit the windshield. The right way to remove it is by holding it in the corners with the help of another person. Once you have removed it, place all the bolts in a secure place to avoid misplacing them. On the other hand, you should not completely remove the clip for a hood strut since they are hard to put back.

Different types/ generations/ models of the car hood

The front bonnets are mostly differentiated based on the material used in the manufacturing process. The common hood types are;

  • Cowl hood
  • Carbon fiber hood
  • Fiberglass hood
  • Steel hood.

At autoparts-24.com, all these types and designs of front bonnets are available.

Different subparts of the front bonnet

The subparts of the car bonnet include;

  • Hood ornament. It is a crafted badge on top of a bonnet that symbolizes the badge of the car manufacturer.
  • Hood support strut/ hood lift supports/ hood shock. It is used to hold up the bonnet of the car.

Identifying issues or symptoms of failure/problems

The tips mentioned below give insight on how to identify a damaged front bonnet

  • Visible bending
  • Poor alignment
  • Unusual noises
  • Uneven feel on the surface of the hood.

Frequently occurring issues with the part

The front bonnet is one of the difficult parts of the car to get damaged. It can only get damaged after a physical impact. Some of the causes of the hood problem include;

  • An accident
  • Damage from falling tree branches
  • Hailstones
  • Other falling debris

Normal life time

The front bonnet is designed to last a lifetime. However, there is an outlier due to unprecedented and unavoidable occurrences. Therefore, the durability of the bonnet depends on how you protect it from physical damage.

Other parts to replace or fix when replacing the front bonnet

Since the bonnet is mostly damaged from physical impact, chances are other parts can also be broken. Some of the parts you need to change include the hood hinges, hood strikers, and paint job similar to the original paint.

How to make sure you purchase the right part for your exact car

The design of the vehicle impacts the shape of the car hood. Therefore, when replacing the front bonnet, it is imperative to consider your vehicle’s make, model, and year of manufacture. It would be best if you bought from an Original Equipment Manufacturer to ensure it is right for your car. All you need to do is enter the OEM number and find the appropriate choice. The autoparts-24.com website makes it easier to find a compatible front bonnet.

Conclusion

In case of unforeseen physical impact and your car hood gets damaged, it would be best if you replaced it yourself. The ideal replacement should be a used OEM front bonnet which you can get at autoparts-24.com.

Spare parts for sale of type by car brands

Our more than 120 car chippers now have more than 6992 pieces of the type for sale on Autoparts24 and here you can see how the used car parts are distributed for each car brand. E.g. you can see that there are 1071 pcs. for sale right now of the VW brand, which is equivalent to 15 % of all used spare parts in the category.

Sold spare parts of the type by car makes

Based on our insight into more than 120 car chippers warehouses, we can see how the sales of spare parts of the type of rearview mirror are distributed among the car brands. E.g. you see that 0 pieces have been sold of the 3979 , which corresponds to 0 % of all used spare parts sold in the category 23

Prices on spare parts of the type

Here you can see how our car chipper sets the price of a spare part with the OEM number . So you have the opportunity to get an impression of the price of a spare part with OEM number , and thus become wiser about which car parts are cheap and expensive respectively. The average price of a spare part with OEM for sale on Autoparts24 is 851 EUR.

Prices of sold spare parts of the type

Here you can see the price of the spare parts of the type that our car breakers sell. I.e. you can estimate whether most parts are being sold at the cheap end or the expensive end of the scale. Compared to the graph above, showing the offer price of the spare parts, you can evaluate the relationship between supply and demand for the auto spare parts of the type sbr />
The average price of a spare part of the type from one of our car chippers on Autoparts24 is 973 EUR

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