Drake57 wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:51 am
Unfortunately, @ least on the early Q45s there is a tendency of the inner truss work of the hood to weaken and fold at the point where the gas struts attach, leaving one with an ugly arch midway in one side or other or both of the hood. Some owners patch by attaching reinforcement, though I wouldn't recommend it, I brazed mine, and it's held for years. Nowadays, wire welders work well for body sheet metal, and the heat is so localized it should be easily possible to repair the rib, without bubbling the exterior paint, if one is good and careful.
This was a good clue! I checked around the hood latch and struts, I just couldn’t find anything out of place. So I looked at the hinge (not the strut, but the hing that actually holds the hood on)...and sure enough, it must have been warped or something because I took the bolts off of those and moved it by hand a few times and lubricated in case it was “stuck”. Before that, it was starting to make loud creaking noises...
Well it’s very hard to do it when you have bad struts that won’t hold the hood, as it becomes wobbly once those bolts come off. But I was able to somewhat move it around to where I got the hood gap to become a little less noticeable. It also opens more smoothly as well. But, I may need to try to adjust it again without the hood struts. Just hard to do with 1 person. Spent enough time with it as it is. Trying to avoid a trip to the body shop/removing the fender.
I have this issue with my other car the Maxima, but it’s the drivers side trunk that has a gap and always looks unlocked