I would agree with you.. But this damage was not done to my car by me. I have seen people push a partially latched door closed with their Butt... even with metal button on their pockets! We just can't fix "STUPID!" I don't think they had intentions of damaging a car... "thoughtless" may be a better word.A paintless dent removal service should be able to repair it at about $75/dent. It should look good as new when done.
Why are you pressing down? Lower it to about 8" and let it drop.
From your Owners Manual:
To close the hood:
1. Before closing the hood, check that all filler caps are properly installed. Then, lift the hood to relieve pressure on the
2. Remove the hood prop from the slotted retainer in the hood and return it to its retainer above the radiator support. The prop rod must lock into place when returning it to the retainer to prevent hood damage.
3. Lower the hood 20 cm (8 in) above the vehicle and release it so it fully latches. Check to make sure the hood is firmly closed. Repeat the process if necessary.
Notice it does NOT say "Press down".
I strongly recommend reading the owners manual before you damage the car in other expensive ways.
The exact thing happened to me. DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE THEM YOURSELF, like I did. I tried "Fix-a-dent" and hot air (hair dryer) and ice trick. This only worsened them. Located a top-notch paintless dent remover, and he completely removed them in 1 hour. Cost $100.My hood is dented in six spots from my friend attempting to gently close my hood. Anybody heard of this. I couldn't figure out how the dents happened and then I lightly pressed on the hood and created another dent ..
Yes, and that's the problem. Few read their owner's manual, then get upset when bad things happen. We see posts here on a regular basis from people who did not read their owner's manual. Just because they didn't does not absolve them of the responsibility to do so.Rarely do people read the owners manual prior to closing and opening a cars hood.
1. Plenty of cars have composite or aluminium hoods that shouldn't be pressed on. The Volt is not special.Many people open and close hoods all day long from gas stations. Etc.. Rarely do people read the owners manual prior to closing and opening a cars hood. If this is so delicate that my friend trying to be kind to my car by pressing gently to close it and it dents than this should be stated when you buy the vehicle that the hoods are particularly soft and should be closed in this fashion to avoid dents and therefore you can tell service attendants and/or friends who are not familiar with your car how they can best protect it. I think this is a weak spot on our volts and I hope this PSA will help others from damaging their car like mine
Don't take it personally. People like to tell you you're doing it wrong. I agree with you, a hood should be sturdy enough to be pushed closed gently by hand, even if the owners manual does say something different. Most gas station mechanics haven't read the owners manuals and a hood should be made to withstand at least them.My main reason for this post is not to get judged but to provide info for others so that they will not make the same mistake as me..
I agree too.. it should be sturdy enough. .remember how you could take a picture of a nice girl on the hood? maybe you would leave her "imprint" on the hood.I agree with you, a hood should be sturdy enough to be pushed closed gently by hand, even if the owners manual does say something different. Most gas station mechanics haven't read the owners manuals and a hood should be made to withstand at least them.