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Old 9/7/15, 08:59 PM
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Hit horn, hood pops?

Yesterday we were taking the Mustang for a little drive and we had a car pull out right in front of us. I was on brakes and no where near an accident but I still blew the horn just to let the driver know I was there .... and when I hit that horn button, the hood popped up.


Safety latch caught it, but what a freak thing? Never before seen such.

Stopped, opened hood and shut well, no more issues.

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Old 9/8/15, 11:11 AM
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Scared the crap out of your hood?
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Old 9/8/15, 01:39 PM
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Ha what Mike said. It was just getting out of the way. Total coincidence I'm sure. Did you try to replicate the situation?
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Old 9/8/15, 11:18 PM
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bet it was hard braking, coincidence on the horn... maybe the latch had just barely caught, and distortion from hard braking pulled the core support a few thou, enough to pop it...

worry-wart I am, I'd inspect the frontend- just to make sure subframe bolts are all snug, no cracks in paint around fender bolt heads that might indicate flexing, etc...

dont have a shaker do you? a soft motor mount might let the engine slide forward 1/4" or so under severe braking- especially on a rough road- where it might 'bump' the hood?

probably just a sticky latch, hard braking, maybe on a bumpy road...


I had a 71 LTD in highschool, forgot to put my hoodpins in one day- felt like the frontend rose up a foot as the hood caught air, just before the corners broke the windshield- scary thing... my 06 has hood pins- umm, but I kept the latch this time
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