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When discussing auto parts, it is important to distinguish between the hood latch (which keeps the hood closed until it needs to be raised) and the hood hinge (which acts like a door hinge and allows the hood to pivot open and closed). Hood hinge replacements are popular modifications to hot rods and other show cars. Many companies sell hood hinge kits that can be used to modify the way the hood opens, with the hinges on the front, middle or sides of the hood instead of the rear. Car owners who have murals or other details painted on the hood may use a special hood hinge that opens the hood so that it is vertical to the ground, which allows passers-by to admire the mural. When replacing the hood hinge, be sure to have a friend hold the hood open if it doesn't have a built-in support. Beware of using a stick to prop the hood open instead; if it jiggles loose, you could end up with a bad headache! Replacing the hood hinge can be dangerous for other reasons, as well. Hood hinges are commonly secured by springs, which can fly off and injure you if they are handled incorrectly. Procedures for removing the springs can vary depending on the car. In most cases, it is best to use three feet of sturdy metal chain. Add a metal hook on one end, and secure the chain's hook through the hook on the end of the spring. While standing as far away from the spring as possible, pull steadily on the chain until the spring opens. Unhook the end of the spring from the hood hinge, and then slowly release the chain. When putting the spring back onto the hood hinge, hook one end of the spring into the appropriate place on the hood hinge. Use the chain to pull the spring toward you. This should lengthen the spring enough to hook the other end of the spring onto the hinge. When performing any hood hinge installation, use care and wear proper protective gear.
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