964 - Hood Shock Struts

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Replacing the hood (luggage compartment) shocks

Replacing your sagging hood shocks is a lot easier than it looks. Before you start make sure you have a way to prop up the hood. When you release a shock the hood will suddenly become very heavy and it will be difficult to hold up and complete the installation. It is best to get someone to help since it should only take a few minutes to do the job. These tools may be needed:

  1. flashlight
  2. long handled flat blade screwdriver
  3. smaller flat blade screwdriver
  4. needle nose pliers
  5. regular pliers

How to replace the shocks

  • Raise the luggage compartment lid
  • You could start the removal of an old shock on either end. But it might be best to start with the bottom because if you released the top first then released the bottom; you could drop the old shock, it is good to have it attached at the top. To unclip the bottom end all you have to do is take your flashlight and aim down at the attachment point. While your assistant is holding the hood, position the larger screwdriver blade between the shock and the ball attachment. Give it a good twist with your wrist and it should pop off. If you aren’t positioned right it may take a few tries. A thick blade screwdriver might be useful here. You should start with the Driver's side first to get a feel for things. The passenger's side has less room to work with.
  • To remove the top part use a small flat blade screwdriver and the needle nose pliers to pry off the clip that holds the pin in place. It should come off by slowly prying it away. Once this is free (if you drop it you can probably get it with a magnetic pick up), you can use a pair of pliers on the pin to twist it out. I may help to have your assistant wiggle the hood a little while you are doing this.
  • The shock on the passenger's side has a protective sleeve around it. You should move this over to the new shock. As you can see in the photo it's purpose is to protect the wires that run by the shock.
  • You could start with either top or bottom end, but to start with the bottom, get your flashlight and put the shock down on the ball, and snap it into place. It shouldn't be a problem to snap it in. One piece of advice - before you snap the shock in place, make sure the opposite (pin) end is near the receiving hole attached to the hood. If you have the shock on the other side of the wall from the hole and it took some movement of the hood to get it on the other side. Save yourself some time and have it in the right place on top. This may be a reason to start with the top, but that might in turn make snapping them in at the bottom harder. Another thing to check is if the hole on the shock gives enough room for the pin. Some aftermarket shocks don't have enough room for the pin and have to be enlarged. Better to check this before starting.
  • To finish, position the shock to line up the hole and put the pin in. You might want to lube it a bit to make it slide in easier. Then slide the retainer clip in place and you are done with that side. Repeat on the other side.

Image:Hood Shock Drivers side.JPG Picture #1 The bottom end of the hood shock on the Driver's side.

Image:Hood Shock Passengers side.JPG Picture #2 The bottom end of the hood shock on the Passenger's side. You can see how the screwdriver will fit down between the shock and the mounting point.

Article Credit : Mark Schettenhelm

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