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I drove about 400 miles this past weekend. I noticed the hood fluttering quite a bit. I was driving into a 25 mile an hour south wind, but I have not had this problem with any of my other vehicles. The Path only has 1000mi on it.
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I drove my 2013 Pathfinder with a hood deflector on it over the last two days about 250 miles and notices a definite flutter at highway speeds. Has anybody had any luck at the dealership to correct this yet???
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I drove my 2013 Pathfinder with a hood deflector on it over the last two days about 250 miles and notices a definite flutter at highway speeds. Has anybody had any luck at the dealership to correct this yet???
I don't have a hood deflector.

All the dealer has done for me is adjust the black stops on the hood. I don't believe they have messed with the latch but mine doesn't seem to be loose. It's fairly secure until a wind gust hits driving around 65-70.
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It's been a while since I've updated my post here - mostly because my hood flapping issue seemed to get considerably better after I removed my hood deflector. That said, I have noticed it shaking here and there since, but not quite as violently as it did with that deflector.

I think I mentioned that my dealer claimed the latch couldn't be adjusted and instead played with the hood bumpers (which actually allows more air through the hood seam, since it increases the gap).

It was especially noticeable today after I got it washed and the hood was nice and shiny - so I decided to take matters into my own hands.

For anyone else who wants to do the same, it's actually quite easy to adjust the hood latch - and there is plenty of play in it, though mine was already pretty low from the factory. To do it, you just need to remove the radiator shroud (about a dozen clips, maybe a few more). Once that's off, there's just three bolts holding in the latch, right front and center - two to the left and one to the right of the hinge mechanism. Use a 12mm socket to loosen the bolts. Once they're a little loose, you'll notice that there's plenty of play in the latch. I lowered mine as much as I could and snugged up the bolts to test the fit. Once I was confident that everything aligned as it should (there is some left-right play as well), I torqued them down really well and replaced the shroud.

After that, the hood wouldn't close with the bumpers at their dealer-set position. So I screwed them up a bit into the hood (clockwise motion) and repeatedly tested to see how easily the hood would latch. As it sits right now, it requires a sizable slam. But that hood is absolutely not going anywhere - and I believe the gap is lessened greatly, which should hopefully reduce lift.
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I also have the Hood Flutter. Planning on taking it in to see what they say and can do about it.

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Hood Flutter

I have noticed the hood flutter since we purchased our PF last spring. I have mentioned it to the dealer when I've taken it in for oil changes. They did say they've had other 2013 PF owners mention it to them. It latches well and I haven't had any issues with it. I can say that we were in traffic on a mountain with a cross wind gust of 50-60 mph and the hood lifted slightly but didn't unlatch or come undone.
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Mine flutters only when there is a cross wind....
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It's been a while since I've updated my post here - mostly because my hood flapping issue seemed to get considerably better after I removed my hood deflector. That said, I have noticed it shaking here and there since, but not quite as violently as it did with that deflector.

I think I mentioned that my dealer claimed the latch couldn't be adjusted and instead played with the hood bumpers (which actually allows more air through the hood seam, since it increases the gap).

It was especially noticeable today after I got it washed and the hood was nice and shiny - so I decided to take matters into my own hands.

For anyone else who wants to do the same, it's actually quite easy to adjust the hood latch - and there is plenty of play in it, though mine was already pretty low from the factory. To do it, you just need to remove the radiator shroud (about a dozen clips, maybe a few more). Once that's off, there's just three bolts holding in the latch, right front and center - two to the left and one to the right of the hinge mechanism. Use a 12mm socket to loosen the bolts. Once they're a little loose, you'll notice that there's plenty of play in the latch. I lowered mine as much as I could and snugged up the bolts to test the fit. Once I was confident that everything aligned as it should (there is some left-right play as well), I torqued them down really well and replaced the shroud.

After that, the hood wouldn't close with the bumpers at their dealer-set position. So I screwed them up a bit into the hood (clockwise motion) and repeatedly tested to see how easily the hood would latch. As it sits right now, it requires a sizable slam. But that hood is absolutely not going anywhere - and I believe the gap is lessened greatly, which should hopefully reduce lift.
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I've done this before on another car. Its a bit of playing around with the latch height and rubber stoppers height. But once you get it - it should help

Just make sure you torque down those 3 bolts!

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I got the same problem with my hood. The dealership try to tightened some of the spring on the hood, it made it better. But sometimes it still vibrate and at worst make some clicking sound at 55MPH+ on a windy day (the same sound when you try to lift the closed hood with finger repeatedly).
I'm taking it to the dealership again to get it fixed again, we'll see what they did next.
Got so many little problems here and there and would like to get it over with and enjoy the car.
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I got the same problem with my hood. The dealership try to tightened some of the spring on the hood, it made it better. But sometimes it still vibrate and at worst make some clicking sound at 55MPH+ on a windy day (the same sound when you try to lift the closed hood with finger repeatedly).
I'm taking it to the dealership again to get it fixed again, we'll see what they did next.
Got so many little problems here and there and would like to get it over with and enjoy the car.
There are no springs. They probably adjusted the bumpers, which can be done by a trained chimp. If it's making noise,chances are the latch isn't right. Tell them to adjust the latch, it shouldn't be making any noise. If it is, that's a real safety issue.

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