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Dodge Charger Hoods

Charger hoods protect the elements at the front end of the vehicle. Hoods are made from a variety of metals and composites. Cleaning the hood regularly will keep it working effectively.

What are Dodge hoods made from?

Dodge Charger hoods are typically made from carbon-fiber blends or aluminum. In the past, steel was the more commonly used hood material due to its strength and durability, but aluminum and carbon along with fiberglass components offer lightweight protection. Carbon fiber hoods are often styled onto racing or sports models due to increased durability.

What purpose do these parts serve?

A Dodge Charger’s hood protects all of the elements inside of it. These elements include the engine, transmission, AC compressor, and alternator. It also houses the radiator, power steering pump, brakes, battery, water pump, and windshield wiper fluid. It is vital for maintenance purposes that hoods can be lifted, allowing access to the elements within. Typically, hoods weigh a substantial amount but can be lifted by one person to prop up at an angle.

How do you clean a Dodge Charger hood?

Dodge Charger hoods can usually be cleaned by an automatic car wash. If you prefer to hand wash the hood of your car, you can use a soft cloth or sponge dipped in a mixture of warm water and gentle soap. Use broad strokes to wash the hood thoroughly, freeing any dirt or debris. Once it’s clean, rinse the hood with clean water until all the soap is gone. Dry the hood with another soft cloth, taking care to avoid any grit that might scratch the paint or affect the vehicle. Feel free to polish and wax the part periodically after washing. Apply polish in circular strokes with a dry, soft cloth or pad. Use another dry pad to remove any extra polish in the same manner. If you choose to apply wax, apply it using this same method after polish dries.

How is a vented design different from a standard model?

Hoods come in all different varieties: some have scoops, others have vents, and other models are completely smooth. A scoop allows air into the engine compartment to provide additional cooling. This feature is especially important for sport model cars. Venting has a similar effect, but may allow air into the entire hooded compartment as opposed to solely into the area surrounding the engine. Smooth models protect the engine and other components efficiently, but do not allow any extra air flow into the hooded compartment. Oftentimes, racing models will have both scoops and vents to allow maximum airflow and circulation.