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John Stewart

Life with a Jeep - Hood Latch Replacement

The 2007 and newer Jeep Wrangler stock hood latches are prone to stretching which allows movement of the hood, that strange little movement known as “hood flutter”.  That is movement is noticeable when you pass a semi on a windy day and you see your hood start to lift.  An easy fix, replace the stock rubber latches with one of the numerous aftermarket latches.

I did that replacement soon after buying my 2010 JK.  At that time, polyurethane replacements for the stock rubber hood latch were the only option.  Later, more options began appearing with billet aluminum the leading material.  My polyurethane replacement latches held for seven years before southern California sun took its toll.

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