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I'm sure most of you are aware that working on cars can be hazardous.

Well today, I overlooked something that I'm sure most of us never think twice about.

I was under the hood of my 94 Eldorado tinkering with the water pump tensioner pulley, when a sudden gust of wind slammed the hood of my car down. The bottom of my grill hit the top of my head and cut it open. It didn't seem all too bad at first, but sitting here about 5 hours later, and with a lump the size of a golf ball on my head that is still slightly bleeding, I am starting to think otherwise. I feel ok, minus a pretty bad headache. I'm sure I will be fine, and it could have been worse for sure.

Bottom line is, make sure your hood is ALWAYS secure before you go ducking under it. You can't always trust the struts...use a prop rod. And it's probably not a good idea to be under there in the wind either. Learn from my mistake. Don't do what I did.

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Sorry to hear. Also a rule I use: go see a Doctor when you get hit in the head with something.

I'm going to. I just have to wait for my boyfriend to get home to stay with the kids.

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Sorry to hear. Also a rule I use: go see a Doctor when you get hit in the head with something.

I'm going to. I just have to wait for my boyfriend to get home to stay with the kids.

I am sorry to hear that, and hope you are OK, you should have it looked at, let us know how it turns out, feel better

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I'm sure most of you are aware that working on cars can be hazardous.

Well today, I overlooked something that I'm sure most of us never think twice about.

I was under the hood of my 94 Eldorado tinkering with the water pump tensioner pulley, when a sudden gust of wind slammed the hood of my car down. The bottom of my grill hit the top of my head and cut it open. It didn't seem all too bad at first, but sitting here about 5 hours later, and with a lump the size of a golf ball on my head that is still slightly bleeding, I am starting to think otherwise. I feel ok, minus a pretty bad headache. I'm sure I will be fine, and it could have been worse for sure.

Bottom line is, make sure your hood is ALWAYS secure before you go ducking under it. You can't always trust the struts...use a prop rod. And it's probably not a good idea to be under there in the wind either. Learn from my mistake. Don't do what I did.

WOW! I trust you'll be okay!

If you continue to have a headache then you need to go to the emergency room and get a CAT scan. Don't take any chances! I'm reminded of actress Natasha Richardson, who died at 45 last March when she had a minor fall on a ski slope and hit her head. She suffered from a bad headache but unfortunately ignored it. She died of a brain hemorrhage. A very sad tragedy that could have been avoided.

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Well, I just got home from getting my head checked out and thought I would update everyone. It seems it's just a surface wound. CT scan showed nothing wrong. No stitches required even. I still have quite a headache, but I'm fine. I guess sometimes it pays to be hard-headed. Lol. I wish I could take a shower now, but I don't want to irritate my head anymore. I'm freezing. It's cold outside.

Thank you all for your concern. :D

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Well, I just got home from getting my head checked out and thought I would update everyone. It seems it's just a surface wound. CT scan showed nothing wrong. No stitches required even. I still have quite a headache, but I'm fine. I guess sometimes it pays to be hard-headed. Lol. I wish I could take a shower now, but I don't want to irritate my head anymore. I'm freezing. It's cold outside.

Thank you all for your concern. :D

Glad all is OK

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The funny part is before I even popped the hood I made sure to clean all the snow off of it because I thought to myself "hey, that's a lot of snow...all that weight might make the hood fall on me."

Not once did I consider the gusting wind factor.

Whoops. Next time, I'll think twice.

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Glad you're OK. Did the hood fall down due to the snow weight or was it clear of snow? If it was clear, then one or both of the support struts are probably bad.

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Glad you're OK. Did the hood fall down due to the snow weight or was it clear of snow? If it was clear, then one or both of the support struts are probably bad.

It was clear of snow, I made sure of that. Both the struts are good. We had wind gusts up to 40mph here yesterday, and a wind gust is what took it down. Apparently even good struts are no match for 40mph winds blowing up against a flat piece of steel that weighs (i imagine) a couple hundred pounds. I think I am going to invest in a set of those strut-lockers, just to be safe so this doesn't ever happen again. I think it's worth the 70$ to avoid another injury.

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Well, I just got home from getting my head checked out and thought I would update everyone. It seems it's just a surface wound. CT scan showed nothing wrong. No stitches required even. I still have quite a headache, but I'm fine. I guess sometimes it pays to be hard-headed. Lol. I wish I could take a shower now, but I don't want to irritate my head anymore. I'm freezing. It's cold outside.

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I'm glad and relieved you're OK!

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Glad you're OK. Did the hood fall down due to the snow weight or was it clear of snow? If it was clear, then one or both of the support struts are probably bad.

It was clear of snow, I made sure of that. Both the struts are good. We had wind gusts up to 40mph here yesterday, and a wind gust is what took it down. Apparently even good struts are no match for 40mph winds blowing up against a flat piece of steel that weighs (i imagine) a couple hundred pounds. I think I am going to invest in a set of those strut-lockers, just to be safe so this doesn't ever happen again. I think it's worth the 70$ to avoid another injury.

Glad you are OK. The same happened to me a while back. :blink: Now I always use a broom stick to make sure the hood stays open. Rob

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Ouch! That hurt just to see the message. Thanks for getting back to us to say you're OK.

I would use a sawed-off broomstick, starting the next time you raise the hood outdoors. The best solution is to lay off the car for a day or two to let the thing heal a little bit, while you are working out a warm, well-lighted place to work on the car.

In the event that you don't want to wait (after all, you're just plug wires and a MAP sensor away from being finished, except for a minor coolant leak), I advise a big, woolly pull-over hat, and a hoodie pulled over that, when you work under the car. With a broomstick holding the hood.

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Carla, it dawned on me that it would take a pretty strong gust to force my hood down. Maybe your struts are getting a little weak. Just a thought.

I think it may be the extreme cold honestly because when I was out there earlier I was having a hard time with it too. I remember when I had my old Chevy Blazer the struts on the top tailgate always worked fine in the summer, but when really cold weather hit, they would NOT hold it open. Same thing with my boyfriend's old Jeep. My car's hood has NEVER had a problem until these last 2 days with this literally sub-zero weather. I'm going to go ahead and get a pair of Strut-locks for it. They clamp right on to the existing struts and fold up when open to lock it in place, so I don't have to tear anything apart, and I won't have to worry about it falling anymore no matter what the weather is like.

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Sounds like really cold weather takes the starch out of gas struts.

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Ouch. You are very lucky.

A few years ago I was at my local salvage yard and akk of the cars are up on stands so I was under the hood of a Oldsmobile eighty eight (big car with very big nose)

and I failed to notice that someone had rigged the struts to hold the hood open.

Well I leaned over the car and the hood came down so fast I had no time to move, When it fell the latch part with the secondary release mechainsm hit me in the head and slammed the rest into the radiator, bumper and whatever else I hit. I came to and got the hood off of me and did not have my glasses on(very bad vision) so this guy was nice enough to find them for me about 20 feet away lol :o and I ended up driving about 15 miles to get to the hospital. Long story short 20 stitches just below my hairline on my forehead, lots of cuts, scrapes and bruises, and a very important lesson learned.

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Ouch. You are very lucky.

A few years ago I was at my local salvage yard and akk of the cars are up on stands so I was under the hood of a Oldsmobile eighty eight (big car with very big nose)

and I failed to notice that someone had rigged the struts to hold the hood open.

Well I leaned over the car and the hood came down so fast I had no time to move, When it fell the latch part with the secondary release mechainsm hit me in the head and slammed the rest into the radiator, bumper and whatever else I hit. I came to and got the hood off of me and did not have my glasses on(very bad vision) so this guy was nice enough to find them for me about 20 feet away lol :o and I ended up driving about 15 miles to get to the hospital. Long story short 20 stitches just below my hairline on my forehead, lots of cuts, scrapes and bruises, and a very important lesson learned.

Ouch! You made out a lot worse than I did. I guess we both learned the same lesson, though a little too late. I've been using a pair of rubber-lined vice grips to lock onto my struts for now until I can get the lockers for them. They work, and the rubber prevents any damage to the struts. I'm not making that mistake twice! My father told me last night he suffered the same injury compliments of the hood latch on his AMC Matador many years ago, but he actually stood up INTO it rather than it falling on him. Maybe I inherited his bad luck....Lol.

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I have a tool for the hood struts and it works excellent, I work on alot of chryslers and every one of them have had bad struts.

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