Honda CR-V Owners Club Forums banner

Tad bit upset

3549 32
Anyone have any tips or is this normal, the hood of this Hybrid CRV is so delicate I went to check the oil in my car and you know how you push the hood down when you’re done instead of slamming it? I push it down on the center and it caved in and it did come back up by itself but now I have a small dent on my hood has this happened to anyone else it’s not noticeable unless you walk up on it from a certain direction and sun light. So sad how can it be so easily to leave a dent checking oil it’s right on the center where the latch is.
1 - 20 of 33 Posts

· The. Admin. Istrator.
Joined
·
12,431 Posts
I would personally never push it down with my hands. I would simply let gravity shut it for me - 1ft height is all it needs.

Most car bonnets/hoods have to be lightweight for pedestrian impacts and so is very normal.

Sad to say, but this one is on you - you should never push a bonnet down when the bonnet itself is designed to deform on any sort of push/forced impact. Gravity is much kinder.
 

· Registered
2022 CRV Hybrid
Joined
·
39 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Hulk Smash! LOL

Did you push down above the latch or in the centre of hood? Most hoods are convex so pushing on the centre hard enough would likely lead to a dent. Don’t think it’s a material issue.
I just pushed it down like any person would nothing hard like in did with my other cars. Trust me I didn’t want to damage the hood so I just pushed down to close. I don’t see how it would leave a dent so easily slightly above where the latch is under the hood. Unless something fell on the hood at the exact same spot we had a storm last night but what are the odds. Going to try some things to get it out looks like it just needs a reverse pull out if you know what I mean.

I will try and take a pick maybe you guys can tell if it’s damage from an object or pushing down closing the hood.
 

· Registered
2022 CRV Hybrid
Joined
·
39 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 · (Edited)
I learned not to push down, a LONG time ago! :rolleyes: :cautious:
Haha well me I didn’t want to damage the hood by slamming it down and look at me now lesson learned. I’m trying to get a picture but can’t even see it in the shade that’s how very light the dent is, maybe I’ll use a small plunger now I’m double scared to even try and fix it lol.
 

· Everything in Moderation
2006 CR-V EX, 5MT
Joined
·
14,964 Posts
can’t even see it in the shade
Our wife's minivan had a flaw in its hood when we got it. Her snowbird Pop had run into road debris that flew off trucks on the Interstate. He had installed one of those wind deflectors, to kind of draw your eyes away from the waves in the sheetmetal. :rolleyes:

We removed the deflector. Now, we don't even notice the slight dent.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
113 Posts
For like 40 years I've only ever let it drop to close from a reasonable difference and never heard anyone say you should do different. Only push on it if it won't latch for some reason.
 

· Premium Member
2020 CRV EX-L Platinum White Pearl/Ivory M1 0W-30 EFR M110A
Joined
·
308 Posts
For a relatively reasonable solution check for local listings for PDR (Paintless Dent Repair) Most dealers have one that they know & use.
 

· Premium Member
2017 CRV Touring - Pearl White w Black Interior
Joined
·
10,699 Posts
Anyone have any tips or is this normal, the hood of this Hybrid CRV is so delicate I went to check the oil in my car and you know how you push the hood down when you’re done instead of slamming it? I push it down on the center and it caved in and it did come back up by itself but now I have a small dent on my hood has this happened to anyone else it’s not noticeable unless you walk up on it from a certain direction and sun light. So sad how can it be so easily to leave a dent checking oil it’s right on the center where the latch is.
It would be helpful if you could share a photo.

Pending a photo though... should be pretty easy for a local body shop to pop it back, without need for repainting unless you really mangled it. So check with local body shops and see what they say. They just have to remove the heat shield (which probably means new fasteners) and then rub/push the dent

The generation 5 hood IS pretty thin, and it will flex some under pressure of your hand. If someone were to sit or stand on your hood it would most likely deform permanently.

Tip: The hood is not meant to carry any sort of loading... it is there for aerodynamics and to provide some of the total rigidity of the vehicle.

Never in almost 6 years have I dented mine. Then again, I noticed immediately that it flexes so I avoid putting any kind of force on it, much less stack anything heavy on the hood.
 

· Premium Member
2017 CRV Touring - Pearl White w Black Interior
Joined
·
10,699 Posts
I just pushed it down like any person would nothing hard like in did with my other cars. T
As already noted by others, there is NO need to push down on the hood ever.

There is nothing to hold it open other than the long metal bar designed for that purpse. It will close using just the force of gravity from a height of as little as one foot from the hood latch.
 

· Super Moderator
2018 EX-L fwd
Joined
·
1,877 Posts
Big Box home improvement stores sell suction devices which folks use to move large mirrors or sheets of glass. Buy one of them to see if you can remove that dent.
Output device Audio equipment Electronic instrument Camera accessory Gadget

Would suggest doing this on a warm day.
 

· Premium Member
2017 CRV Touring - Pearl White w Black Interior
Joined
·
10,699 Posts
Big Box home improvement stores sell suction devices which folks use to move large mirrors or sheets of glass. Buy one of them to see if you can remove that dent. View attachment 157805
Would suggest doing this on a warm day.
Depending on the dent, that might just do the trick. This is where a photo helps us all help the original poster more effectively. :)

You can also buy a kit from places like Amazon that offer a handful of these for different size/type of dent popping.

The good news is the modern water based paints Honda uses to paint their vehicles appears to be pretty flexible (at least in it's first few years) so worries about cracking the paint are pretty minimal...but care and patience are still prudent.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
1,249 Posts
Depending on the dent, that might just do the trick. This is where a photo helps us all help the original poster more effectively. :)

You can also buy a kit from places like Amazon that offer a handful of these for different size/type of dent popping.

The good news is the modern water based paints Honda uses to paint their vehicles appears to be pretty flexible (at least in it's first few years) so worries about cracking the paint are pretty minimal...but care and patience are still prudent.
They make tools like this specifically for removing automotive dents. I bought one from crappy tire and removed the big dent in my Camry that was from a kid’s baseball. It was a big dent and mostly came out. Then I returned the tool 😂
I have bought lots and lots of stuff from them over the years.

The good thing is if you keep your car a long time then little things like this won’t bother you. A young guy sideswiped my wife. Scratches up the side and a bit of paint gone on a plastic trim piece. I told him don’t worry about it and I was able to buff most of it out. I put a little touch up paint on the little spot of missing paint.Doesn’t look perfect but after 17 years it looks pretty darn good.
 

· Registered
2022 CRV Hybrid
Joined
·
39 Posts
Discussion Starter · #17 · (Edited)
Ok if someone walks by they won’t see it due to the color of my car, but if you know it’s there you will always see it haha. Not sure if you can see the small dent but I tried to take a photo of it but the color makes it hard to see. I might be able to live with it but i will always know it’s there lol. I will try that suction cup thing idea.
Water Tints and shades Glass Space Electric blue
 

· Premium Member
2017 CRV Touring - Pearl White w Black Interior
Joined
·
10,699 Posts
Ok if someone walks by they won’t see it due to the color of my car, but if you know it’s there you will always see it haha. Not sure if you can see the small dent but I tried to take a photo of it but the color makes it hard to see. I might be able to live with it but i will always know it’s there lol. I will try that suction cup thing idea. View attachment 157817
Photo is not that clear, but if I am seeing the dent properly.. it almost looks like someone jammed their elbow down on the hood in closing it. That might be difficult to pop with a suction device.

Best thing really is to consult a local body shop and get their take on what is needed to fix it. If nothing else, you will get clues on how easy or difficult it will be. If they tell you they can pull that out easily for you with a suction device (and a low repair cost estimate) ... then you know you might be able to do it yourself.

Personally, I would let the pros fix it. Then again.. first scratch, dent or ding in my vehicles.. I always leave it... because of course you are going to get one eventually anyway and the first strike means never worrying about a second strike... because you baby is not pristine any more, so Murphy won't come looking for it to dent it. :)
 

· Registered
2022 CRV Hybrid
Joined
·
39 Posts
Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Personally, I would let the pros fix it. Then again.. first scratch, dent or ding in my vehicles.. I always leave it... because of course you are going to get one eventually anyway and the first strike means never worrying about a second strike... because you baby is not pristine any more, so Murphy won't come looking for it to dent it. :)
I hear you about the dings and scratches just upset at myself because I’m not even on my second payment yet. lol I will probably leave it it’s not really noticeable unless your at a certain angle and light reflection.
 
1 - 20 of 33 Posts
Top