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Dented Hood Desperate Need Of Advice Please

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Mar 30, 2011, 9:18 AM

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PirateHello Im a single female graduate student who knows very little about cars. My dad (who usually helps me with this sort of thing lives 10 hours away), so Im desperate for any and all tips on how to fix an MR2 1986 stick shift Dented Hood.

The question are in regards of a 1986 toyota MR2 stick shift. Last night, I ran into the back of a truck and have dent in myMR2 hood--my head lights work, but will not go down. I can not afford to report it to insurance, and was wondering if anyone could advise me.

1)What best purchasing a new/used hood? I checked at discount auto stores and found an mr2 1986 hood for 100.00 dollars or
2)Or repairing the Hood, I have some friends who are mechanics is possible they could hammer the dent out of my hood?

-Im not concerned about the appearance of the MR2 after repairs, my only concern is repairing so that it is safe and driveable. please help me. thankyou

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Mar 30, 2011, 12:36 PM

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I'm afraid auto body work is not something you will learn online or from any forum. This is a trade that takes years and years of practice and learning.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.


Apr 7, 2011, 4:56 PM

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Just look for a good used hood.
It's very easy to put on, if you have a good friend they should just do it for free. Laugh
Or heck try it your self, nothing you can mess up.
There should only be like 4 small bolts holding it on.

Let me know if you need any more help.

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Apr 7, 2011, 9:39 PM

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Please think any repairs you do thru and consider the dangers of a so called nothing to it repair.If the latching mechanism is damaged or improperly adjusted you could have a hood flying up at highway speeds. Please consult with someone you know that has some automotive experience



May 2, 2011, 9:43 AM

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I am a certified collision specialist and to let you know having some mechanics or shade tree mechanics bang out a dent is not the right thing to do. Mechanics and body work do not mesh. I would get a used hood benefits are cheaper and its the same as a new hood you might get lucky and even find the same color. Have someone that knows how to properly install the hood and align it so everything works properly. As far as the headlights not going down in some cases the vehicle may have noticed through the computer a collission has happened disabling some working parts for the lights and otherthings to prevent damage to the parts internal or external parts. Lights run on motors by gears or vacum checking each part s a job for professionals do not allow someone without proper years of experiance to adjust or remove parts of the light system if they do the lights will only get worse and you may have to pay even more to get it repaired later down the road. Hope this helps you out and remember if someone has not done this type of work for years dont let them touch your vehicle only bad thigs can come from it. Ask for certifications and experiance before you let them touch it.

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