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Jeep AL hood buckling upon replacement

A body shop is swapping a new hood on my '14 Grand Cherokee after a limb strike to the front part of the hood. Easy peasy, right? Not so fast...When they bolt the new hood on the hinges, one can see a slight buckle or bend in the hood, half-way down. Really hard to see unless you look along the hood line and the light is right. When they pull the hood off, the buckle goes away.

The bolt holes in the hood and hinges do not allow adjustment so the only thing that could be messed up are the hinges, right? This is a smaller body shop and they didn't even entertain repairing the hood so there might be some inexperience. Dude is older and pretty salty, so hoping there might be someone on here that has seen this kind of thing before.

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Re: Jeep AL hood buckling upon replacement

Is replacement hood MOPAR?
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Re: Jeep AL hood buckling upon replacement

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Re: Jeep AL hood buckling upon replacement

then the STRIKE might have tweaked the hinges/

pay this place for the parts and get your jeep to a proper repair shop.
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Re: Jeep AL hood buckling upon replacement

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then the STRIKE might have tweaked the hinges/

pay this place for the parts and get your jeep to a proper repair shop.
I appreciate your input and suggestions; it definitely makes sense. You a body guy or have body repair experience?

I stopped over there yesterday afternoon (it is literally across the street from work & that is why I chose it) and they had the hood on straight with no buckles. Not painted yet though. Dude told me they massaged the hinges a bit. I can say that after the limb strike, there was no indication the hood had shifted front to back or side to side; it obviously was but one couldn't tell. There wasn't any hitching when latching or latching the hood either. Dude is a salty body guy and if he saw something like that amiss, he would have said something.

If I have any other body work done with AL panels on the vehicle I'll go to another shop. Dude told me they don't do any work on the new F150 because of all the AL panels and he cannot afford the equipment required.

Hindsight is always 20-20 but in real-time, no reason to pull the work from them at this point. Additionally, I hired them to put on some Bushwacker fender flares and paint them the same color as my Jeep, so pulling all that junk together and going somewhere else is not so appealing either. However, I told myself yesterday if they were still head-scratching when I went over, I'd collect the truck the following day and pay them for any work; your suggestion was not lost on me.
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