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How to Take the Hood Off a Car

by Robert Good

Most car hoods are secured to the frame of the car by two hinges and four nuts. Each corner of the hood will have one hinge, two bolts and two nuts. The hood will be heavy so you will need a friend to help you lift the hood off of the frame of the car safely. This is a basic project that almost any car owner can accomplish in about five minutes.


Open the hood of the car and use the hood support arm to rest the hood on to keep it open. Locate the hinges, nuts and bolts in each corner that are securing the hood the frame.


Remove the nuts from the bolts on one side of the hood while your friend removes the nuts on the opposite side of the hood using the ratchet set. Keep the nuts in a safe place for later installation of the hood.


Lift one side of the hood while your friend lifts the opposite side at the same time to remove the hood from the frame. Place the hood on a clean padded surface for storage.

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About the Author

Living in Tucson, Ariz., Robert Good has been writing from 2003 on a wide variety of subjects ranging from sports, gardening and cooking to auto repair, home maintenance and travel. Good holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of the State of New York.

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