Darn Hood Vibration/flutter -sport

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Darn this isnt something i'm happily posting about :(

Today on my 'finally got my Badlands order in' test drive,
Clearly could see hood vibration in the middle area. Which is the larger flattish area inbetween the formed raised left & right sides, which did not vibrate.

While stopped & engine on.
( turned off start/stop immediatly after turning on engine)
Could see the sun shinning on hood jittering/vibrating. Slightly yet noticeably too look at it.

On the fwy at 70mph, yes its noticeable. Where i would say from vibrate to then a flappy vibration.
:(

Sales guy is VERY good about details and knowledge.
He and i were going to look under the hood anyway...so we did.
He suggested, give it the best look over you can and move it around.
He commented air does get in there. They are built with aluminum. He commented other vehicles in the line up do this. He mentioned a few f150 being one.

So the hood is very light, as it should be because it's made out of aluminum. But I noticed the brackets that attach the hood to the vehicle seem to be very small.
They have a small attachment point. Not broader that may support some rigidity???
What I did was put left hand to the left corner, right hand of the right corner and sort of flex it.
give hood sort of like a little manipulation... the hood clearly can move a lot. (i'm talking about twisting)...yes bow'ing the hood!
And could move it to left & right.
( like a loose old wooden chair kinda thing)

I went back to my 2010 Tacoma just to check that out and it's definitely firm does not fluctuate or oscillate or twist in any way. Sturdy.

So... now I have read up about a little bit of Ford aluminum hoods and see that this is a discussion on other Ford product forums.

Okay now I said all that...
Anybody else notice this?
Or checking it out?
Or any feedback.

Thanks,
sorry to bring up this topic but ya know it's the website for it.


btw
i paused purchasing
 
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Both my 08 and 19 mustangs have this issue. Most notably the 08. drives me crazy. Haven’t noticed whether my 18 Edge does or not. I will have to check
 
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Oh and a separate notation while the sales guy and I were chatting about the vehicle and the vehicle was off. Hood was up... I happen to put my hand on the edge of the engine compartment and could feel a tiny vibration coming from the vehicle. I mentioned must be something electrical running in there and he said yes there can be that. said I can feel it. He felt it too. Did Not hear it though.

Also I noticed the quarter panels edges that are folded over into the engine compartment are very sharp edge in.
My opinion suprised at that.
Need rubber trim or something on the edge of that.
And it does come across as I'll call it... thin material.
 
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Oh and a separate notation while the sales guy and I were chatting about the vehicle and the vehicle was off. Hood was up... I happen to put my hand on the edge of the engine compartment and could feel a tiny vibration coming from the vehicle. I mentioned must be something electrical running in there and he said yes there can be that. said I can feel it. He felt it too. Did Not hear it though.

Also I noticed the quarter panels edges that are folded over into the engine compartment are very sharp edge in.
My opinion suprised at that.
Need rubber trim or something on the edge of that.
And it does come across as I'll call it... thin material.
Yes, to all. I’ve been posting about this on the Bronco sport forum, specifically Bc once I installed the hood protector it seemed to get worse. The vibration you mention when off as far as the group has determined is a fan for the LED DRL’s. The Badlands has the signature lighting option, and yes I too discovered it and it appears to be normal. Don’t be surprised if you are on a longer drive that the LED’s stay on once the car is off on a bit of a delay, this apparently is also normal. I’m intending on asking the dealerships near me to help me review the hood flex. To note, my last car was an Infiniti Q40 sedan and the hood was pretty large and it also flexed at high speeds. Not as bad as the Bronco Sport though. I do hope you still consider the car if you truly like it, I think it’s got high points and low points, make sure it‘s right for you though.
 
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Yes, to all. I’ve been posting about this on the Bronco sport forum, specifically Bc once I installed the hood protector it seemed to get worse. The vibration you mention when off as far as the group has determined is a fan for the LED DRL’s. The Badlands has the signature lighting option, and yes I too discovered it and it appears to be normal. Don’t be surprised if you are on a longer drive that the LED’s stay on once the car is off on a bit of a delay, this apparently is also normal. I’m intending on asking the dealerships near me to help me review the hood flex. To note, my last car was an Infiniti Q40 sedan and the hood was pretty large and it also flexed at high speeds. Not as bad as the Bronco Sport though. I do hope you still consider the car if you truly like it, I think it’s got high points and low points, make sure it‘s right for you though.
Thank you for your post and also TK1215!

>>> Your intending to talk with the dealership about flex in hood!! interested in updates on that!
I was wondering if putting a vehicle wrap on it would help or hurt? Guessing any thing could intensify issue on an already thin or flimsy structure. Rather than a firmer underneath structural better support.

As for manufacturing
Ford certainly must already know of these issues with the aluminum Hood fluctuating. And it seems the proper thing to do would be to fix the issue before it becomes a problem on your next vehicle you produce. Talking any vehicle even if it's already been on the assembly line for years and years. but that's just a thought right.....cuz its still happening?!

As i just noticed it at higher speed test drive and it caught my eye's on that drive for the first time, kinda jolted my desire to purchase.
Going to take another test drive on the fwy friday.
A bit longer.
See if its really eye catching or distracting... Or did i just have a wtf moment :) ;)

I will say
Looking into rav4 and cherokee engine bay. Hoods seem sturdier.
( meaning attached stronger and not flexibile) also the engine bay edges of quarter panels seem 'finished'
or steel for that matter, not simply left as a raw material edge. Those are inter-connected with other materials.)

What are the crash ratings on these?is that out yet. Guess will check that out again?
 
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had further discussion with the dealership about the hood and they say it is part of how they are manufactured. it's supposed to be like that. they told me it's part of safety crash ability and other vehicles in the Ford lineup do that. it is not something to be concerned about they basically told me it's how they are made. so there's that story. Take from it what you will.

I asked if they knew of any other vehicles in their line up where later they had fixed (tsb) the situation and resolved some of the hood flutter??? and they said no!!! they were not aware of any other vehicles that Ford did that with. Doesn't mean that hasn't happened but just to their knowledge. Asked cuz I was wondering if that might be a fix they might consider in the future.
After research goooogling further, kind of looks like it's part of the world of aluminum hood vehicles because it happens on other manufacturers to.

Something i have not experienced previously.

I did ask the sales guy if he saw hood flutter also on the Broncos sports and he said 'oh yes definitely' he said his Escape does it also but not as much as the Bronco sport. so there's that tidbit also.
 
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had further discussion with the dealership about the hood and they say it is part of how they are manufactured. it's supposed to be like that. they told me it's part of safety crash ability and other vehicles in the Ford lineup do that. it is not something to be concerned about they basically told me it's how they are made. so there's that story. Take from it what you will.

I asked if they knew of any other vehicles in their line up where later they had fixed (tsb) the situation and resolved some of the hood flutter??? and they said no!!! they were not aware of any other vehicles that Ford did that with. Doesn't mean that hasn't happened but just to their knowledge. Asked cuz I was wondering if that might be a fix they might consider in the future.
After research goooogling further, kind of looks like it's part of the world of aluminum hood vehicles because it happens on other manufacturers to.

Something i have not experienced previously.

I did ask the sales guy if he saw hood flutter also on the Broncos sports and he said 'oh yes definitely' he said his Escape does it also but not as much as the Bronco sport. so there's that tidbit also.
Well, that’s a bummer...No clue how the hood could play such a role in crash safety. Oh well, guess we all gotta live with it as it can be quite violent on a windy day. I only hope nothing bad happens to me. Thanks for the follow up!
 
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