Anyone else have a hood that no longer follows the body lines?

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    Noticed this a few days ago. Both sides are now very high compared to the center. I believe too much air-flow at highway speeds may be bending the metal hood's two ends upwards. The car has never been in a crash.

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    I took it to the local dealer, and the best that they could do was only to get it marginally lower.

    I'm not one to ever open the hood (on this car - I trust the dealership and visit it often). Yes, the photo is taken with it being fully latched down. Both sides were equally as high.
     
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    Underneath at the front on both sides are adjustable rubber stops. Tightened yours down a couple of turns and test the fit. If they are already at the end of their range, something is amiss.
     
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    our 2nd Tesla had issues like that ....
     
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    I doubt wind would do that. Anyone else opening the hood?
     
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    Nope.

    Commuting speeds do reach higher speeds here. I'd rather not type out what those speeds are though.
     
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    I would have thought the techs at Toyota would have checked those on Saturday.
     
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    The one thing I can think of, if someone screwed those stoppers upwards and forced the hood closed.

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    Any valet parking recently, anything like that?

    Or: any signs of prying?
     
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    Nobody has driven the car except for two Toyota service departments. Certainly nothing recently (until I took the car to them for this issue).

    I know it wasn't like this up until recently.
     
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    The hood is made of aluminium. I highly doubt that the hood would be damaged from wind speed alone.

    Any damage to the bumper? Does it still latch closed properly?
     
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    I'd have a body specialist (smash repairer?) look at it - someone may have reversed into the front bumper, bending the framework behind the bumper - but the bumper bounced back.

    Other vague possibility - someone may have attempted to force it open - like a break and entry - unlikely, people usually want to get into the car, not under the bonnet.

    Wind - not sure what speeds you're referring to , but in the wind-tunnel, this is a Gen 4 - but not sure how that translates.

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    +1. This was the issue that came with mine used vehicle stated above. I think some of the impact force was also directed upwards. In my case, changing the rubber height adjusters and the hood latch mounting points brought everything back into alignment.

    FWIW
     
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    I would have hoped that the Toyota Service department would have looked up in there to see if any impact happened. They did re-adjust the hood under warranty (but it still isn't right).

    I'll have someone take a look.
     
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