Popping the hood is made fast and easy with the help of a good hood release cable. Without this simple yet important device, access to the engine compartment for repairs and tune-ups become very time consuming. Eventually, this cable snaps or break due to repetitive pulling and opening. When that happens, you must buy a replacement as soon as possible. Since aftermarket hood cables are made to fit specific models, here are a few things to look out for that may make picking a new one for your car easier.
Common causes of hood cable failure are the following: regular wear and tear due to opening, natural elements, and heinous theft. Look for a replacement that is protected from any form of tampering. To combat rain, ice, dirt, and other elements, look for a cable that is encased in a cover for protection. There are ones that use tougher material built to last for years. A stronger cable also gives car thieves a harder time cutting through it to steal anything from your car.
There are plenty of hood cables on the market that offer quality OE replacements. These are designed to be a close match to the original part used on your car. If you want an improvement to your stock cable, look for a set that uses a different and improved material for the lever and ends. For example, some aftermarket sets do away with the plastic lever of stock cables and replaces them with a sturdier aluminum or steel one. These are also secured by tougher screws and bolts to ensure that each pull of the handle results to an open hood.
Opening the hood means pulling and putting stress on the cable. Do away with ones that don't have free replacement and service attached to the purchase. To spare yourself extra cost and unnecessary stress when it breaks, look for a cable that has a long warranty period. This can span from 1 to 5 years. Despite the higher price, it's best to go for those that have multiple-year warranties.