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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-22-2010, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hood Rattling and shaking

I cannot get my hood to stop shaking. It has been getting progressively worse. Now it rattles at the latch which I can hear inside the cabin. I have tried adjusting the rubber perch things and it still does it. It does not seem like the latch is loose. The rubber stops seem really soft, I wonder if I need to try some different ones or what. Does not look like the latch is adjustable.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-22-2010, 04:17 PM
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you can spray the latch with WD40 and the sqeaky birds in your engine will fly away.

Regarding shaking im not sure, I have the same problem doing anything over 100 mph, may be good denter to re-align the fenders and bonnet.
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3 felt pads under the 3 rubber posts will resolve this.
Doing a 100 mph will send you directly to jail in CO and you will loise your luicense
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It's not a squeek, it's a rattle. I can pound on the hood and the rattling seems to come from where the hood actually engages the latch, like it doesn't have a good pull or grip on the hood. My hood shakes at 50+ mph but smoothes out at 85+
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you can spray the latch with WD40 and the sqeaky birds in your engine will fly away.
Hmmm...I have been getting a front end squeaking that has been driving me nuts. I have been trying to nail down where its coming from. This might be it.
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I just fixed the problem on my X. The rubber hood bumpers wear out and allow the hood to have some play. Replace them with new ones - they should be about $5 from Nissan.

I see your Xterra is an '05, just like mine, so I can guess your bumpers were as worn as mine.

I drove all the way to and from GONEMoab with that rattling. Installed the new bumpers and the annoying sound is gone!

VA7LLB - The previous post is based on actual events. Only the names, locations and events have been changed.
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Thanks I will see about getting some new hood bumpers. I might try and see if I can find some stiffer ones in the HELP section or something at the autoparts.
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Had the same thing. New hood bumpers fix it.
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Or install the old school hood stops .They screw into the top of your core support and make contact to your hood when closing.I pulled some out of an old f150 and did the mod and its fixed my problem for 5 years now.

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I went to the dealer and just got new ones. There is a difference between the '05 and '06+. I got the '06+ and they are slight stiffer I think due to a larger solid bottom where it meets the core support.
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