How to Replace Hood Support Struts

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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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Chris

21 years of experience
1713 reviews
Chris
21 years of experience
Volkswagen Beetle - Hood Lift Support Shocks Replacement (Driver Side) - Laguna Niguel, California
chris does a great job really cares for his customers
BMW 335i - Hood Lift Support Shocks Replacement (Driver Side) - San Juan Capistrano, California
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Anthony

6 years of experience
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Anthony
6 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz CLK350 - Hood Lift Support Shocks Replacement (Driver Side) - Sacramento, California
Anthony was kind, courteous and professional. I’m here was very knowledgeable about the needs of my car. I would definitely recommend him.

Andrew

24 years of experience
150 reviews
Andrew
24 years of experience
Cadillac XLR - Hood Lift Support Shocks Replacement (Driver Side, Passenger Side) - Atlanta, Georgia
Andrew not only demonstrates skilled competency but also shows an apparent love for the work he does.

Edmundas

16 years of experience
30 reviews
Edmundas
16 years of experience
Honda Accord - Hood Lift Support Shocks Replacement (Driver Side) - Orlando, Florida
Edmundas is an excellent mechanic. He explained the problem with my car as well as the WHY my car had the problem, step by step. He is very methodical and professional in his approach to his craft as a mechanic. I’ll always call on him if I need service for my car. I’d highly recommend him to family and friends.

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