How to Replace Hood Support Struts

The hood support struts hold up the hood of your vehicle. This allows you to access the engine compartment without holding the hood up by hand or with a prop rod. Failed hood struts can be both dangerous and annoying as they could allow the hood to fall on your head.

Part 1 of 2: Removing the old hood support struts

In order to safely and efficiently replace your hood support struts, you will need a couple of basic tools.

Materials Needed

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • New hood support struts
  • Prop for the hood (a piece of wood or pipe)
  • Protective gloves
  • Ratchet and sockets
  • Repair manuals (optional); you can buy these online through Chilton, or Autozone provides them for free for certain makes and models
  • Safety glasses

car hood supported with a prop

Step 1: Support the hood with a prop. Open the hood and support it with a prop such as a length of wood or pipe.

Alternatively, you can have a friend assist you and hold the hood open for you.

retaining clips being removed

Step 2: Remove the hood support strut retaining clips. Remove the support strut retaining clips using a flathead screwdriver.

person unbolting the fasteners

Step 3: Unbolt the fasteners. Unbolt the fasteners that connect the strut to the body.

Typically, this is done using a ratchet and socket of the appropriate size.

hand removing the strut

Step 4: Remove the strut. Pull the strut off the ball joint and remove the strut from the vehicle.

Part 2 of 2: Installing the new hood support strut

new strut loosely mounted in place

Step 1: Mount the new strut. Put the new strut in place and loosely install the mounting hardware, but do not tighten it down.

hand pushing the new strut onto the ball joint

Step 2: Push the strut onto the ball joint. Place the strut over the ball joint and use your finger to apply pressure until it pops into place.

hand tightening down fasteners

Step 3: Tighten down the fasteners. Tighten down the fasteners until they are snug.

Your hood strut replacement should now be complete. However, if you would prefer to have a professional do this job for you, the certified mechanics at YourMechanic offer expert hood strut replacement service.


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