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Old 03-12-2012, 06:30 PM   #1
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Can Hood Spontaeously Release?

I was driving on the freeway today at about 70 mpg, no traffic but there was a slight head wind. On several occasions I was concerned that my hood was going to fly up and over the top of the Jeep. I stopped to check on the latches and they appeared to be fine. However, several times the wind actually lifted the hood up to the point I was concerned. You know how when you pass a large truck it moves you over? It was a similar type of feeling watching the hood try to lift off. Has anyone else had this type of problem? Is it common or should I have it checked further?

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It's still latched. It won't fly up. Some people remove the hood spring to stop the flutter. Many others get the Daystar Hood Wranglers to replace the stock dog bone.

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Old 03-12-2012, 06:37 PM   #3
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It's called "hood flutter" and it's quite common. As Daggo said, DayStar makes some replacement hood latches that can fix it, as does Drake. You can also remove or zip tie the spring underneath the hood to remove some of the up pressure. Or you can just ignore it--the hood won't pop up.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:39 PM   #4
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It also means the rubber on the latches are aging. Which means either replace them with OEM or aftermarket.
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It also means the rubber on the latches are aging. Which means either replace them with OEM or aftermarket.
It'll happen brand new off the lot.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:04 PM   #6
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Yeah it happened to mine at 500 miles on it, too much wind, wasn't worried also had a tj it would happen in.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:04 PM   #7
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It'll happen brand new off the lot.
Did not have any issue with flutter in the wind gusts today. Literally brand new off the lot too. :P
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:06 PM   #8
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geez, that doesn't sound fun! Hood flutter? Really, wtf. I say get some duct tape and do a total wrap around! ;O)
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It'll happen brand new off the lot.
Yep
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:31 PM   #10
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I drive mine in reverse because of this.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:32 PM   #11
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Its a Jeep thing.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:43 PM   #12
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I drive mine in reverse because of this.
Interesting idea; has your fuel mileage improved?
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Happened to me too. Running about 75 on 2 lane highway with a headwind, 18 wheeler passing in the opposite direction. I thought for sure the hood was coming off. I have taken the spring out and it does help.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:51 PM   #14
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Pics or it didn't happen

Saw pics on here where it happened on a few TJs, I replaced my stockers Last year on the TJ......7 years and 130k figured it was about time.

Granted there were only 2 pics different people but......for $70 it seemed better than the other chance/ choice.
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Had this happen to me for the first time yesterday driving at 60 with a semi coming the opposite way. Didn't know what happened at first. I was considering getting locking latches so my battery doesn't disappear and it looks like they should stop this from happening so done deal.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:23 PM   #16
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Got sick of my hood hopping and the thought of someone cutting battery and stealing jeep! Just get the rampage lockable hood latches, GET A CLEAN LOOK, SECURITY AND STEADY HOOD. $89 on quadratec
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Interesting idea; has your fuel mileage improved?
Oh yes. It is much more of a classic "tear drop" in that direction.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:02 PM   #18
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geez, that doesn't sound fun! Hood flutter? Really, wtf. I say get some duct tape and do a total wrap around! ;O)
Don't worry about taping it. It just adds a little excitement to a windy drive. Sometimes the hood will slam hard enough to feel it.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:04 PM   #19
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I drive mine in reverse because of this.
that was the funniest thing iv ever read

i literally laughed out loud haha. So unexpected
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I've got hood pins, if it flys up something has gone horribly wrong
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This fluttering happened to all the older JK's. My '09 did it. But the new ones '12 for sure, and I think the '11 also, have different, tighter clamping latches on each side. All the '12s I looked at were like this. No flutter on my '12.

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Mine is new as well. And it has happen a few times already. Each time I think the hood is going to fly up. And then I quickly check to see if the latches are on. Even though they are, it still give me a WTF moment! The wind gets around it & all so it's prone to happen. Try what others have recommended if it bothers you.

Or you can have a gnome stay under the hood holding it down when you're out & about!
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It'll happen brand new off the lot.
The first time you hit 60MPH
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:43 AM   #25
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It's still latched. It won't fly up. Some people remove the hood spring to stop the flutter. Many others get the Daystar Hood Wranglers to replace the stock dog bone.
^^^ YES, that's what I did. Easy, inexpensive, and effective.

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Old 03-13-2012, 10:06 AM   #26
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Yep, i got a 2011 and it happens...As stated "its a Jeep thing"
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I took out the spring and it cured my HOOD FLUTTER-

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Read enough about it to pick up some Daystar Hood Wranglers after removing the "-1 Air Dam of Limited Utility".
I haven't seen the flutter and I don't plan on it.
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Read enough about it to pick up some Daystar Hood Wranglers after removing the "-1 Air Dam of Limited Utility".
I haven't seen the flutter and I don't plan on it.
I just looked there up - thanks for the recommendation - and can't see that they look any different than my stock holders on my '12 Sport Unlimited. What am I missing? If they will cure the flutter it will be worth it to me but I just can't visually see any difference.
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here is a pic of the shorter Daystar vrs the stock dogbone off my '12 rubi.
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