Absolutely Puzzling 2020 'Hood Ding Phenomena'

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Absolutely Puzzling 2020 'Hood Ding Phenomena'

Postby Isuzu Faster » Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:06 am

Hello all,

This year has been an incredible one so far, and as far as my truck goes, I have ended up with two significant dents in similar locations on my hood on two separate occasions, and I have been extremely confused (because I can't wrap my head around why exactly this happens).

First time happened at the beginning of the year when I took the truck to a shop to get it smogged... didn't notice the huge double-ding right on the center vane of the hood until the next day. Had a Paintless Dent Removal specialist remove it a few weeks later for $200.

Then, by golly, it happened again yesterday! Different mechanic, but one I've been taking the truck to a number of times over the years with no problems at all. Similar area but slightly smaller in size. I'm screaming inside :twisted:

When I close the hood of my truck, I just drop the hood from about a foot above the latch, and it closes perfectly every time. I have a feeling people are doing a "soft close", and pushing the hood with the flat of their hand or using their fists to latch it, and when it doesn't perfectly latch, they put all their weight on it. But... the hood shouldn't be as soft as a Tesla or new car these days...or is it? I just lubed the mechanism too.

Have you all encountered anything like this?

Ding 1.PNG


Ding 2.JPG
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Re: Absolutely Puzzling 2020 'Hood Ding Phenomena'

Postby hillbillie1 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:36 am

Possibly rubber bumpers in corners of the hood.
Rubber Hard,,,,try turning them in little.
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Re: Absolutely Puzzling 2020 'Hood Ding Phenomena'

Postby Isuzu Faster » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:11 pm

Mike, the rubber bumpers have been as they were for several years, and I've never had any problems like this whatsoever until this year.

What on earth are these people doing when closing the hood?! :?
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Re: Absolutely Puzzling 2020 'Hood Ding Phenomena'

Postby puttputtinpup » Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:08 am

I'd make them pay for that! There's no excuse for that

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Re: Absolutely Puzzling 2020 'Hood Ding Phenomena'

Postby Isuzu Faster » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:28 am

Sadly, we live in a world where "once it's off the lot, it's not our problem!"

Really though, two times in less than half a year. There must be an underlying cause here... but it latches just fine if you just drop it normally. So why?

This is more interesting to me than solving the Bermuda Triangle mystery. I just can't wrap my head around it.
~ Cheers, Steve.

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Re: Absolutely Puzzling 2020 'Hood Ding Phenomena'

Postby puttputtinpup » Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:14 am

Maybe they've banged on it to try & open it

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Re: Absolutely Puzzling 2020 'Hood Ding Phenomena'

Postby Isuzu Faster » Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:12 am

Possibly for the first one (the cable was pretty dry at the time but with enough pull would release the latch), but as for the second one, it's an older guy in our neighborhood who's done work on the truck a number of times over the past 25 years... and I lubed the mechanism after the first incident.
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Re: Absolutely Puzzling 2020 'Hood Ding Phenomena'

Postby Red Truck » Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:39 am

When getting it serviced, is it left overnight in an outdoor lot? Perhaps somebody's trying to force the hood open regardless of the latch, causing the metal to 'pucker'. I'd still mention it to the business; you may not be the only one affected.
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Re: Absolutely Puzzling 2020 'Hood Ding Phenomena'

Postby Isuzu Faster » Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:47 am

Neither. First one I was out the door in 35 minutes, quick California smog. Didn't notice the huge ding until the next morning.

Second one I left it with the guy a couple days ago at 10:30am and got it back at 3:30pm (had the guy replace the brake master cylinder as it failed and I didn't have time to swap it myself). One-man operation down the street from me, and a good neighborhood.
~ Cheers, Steve.

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