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How to Replace Your Car's Hood (DIY) - Palmetto Used Auto Parts

How to Replace your Car’s Hood


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Replacing your car’s hood is a simple task you can do yourself, Every make and model may be differently than other hood. its a general idea to help you how to replace your hood to an update look or replacing a damage hood. saving you costly fees. A little work goes all way. Make sure you have your tools near you to finish the project as quickly as possible. some car companies use 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.

Removing the old hood support struts

You will need a couple of basic tools.

Materials Needed

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • 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

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.

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

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.

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

Installing the hood support strut

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

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.

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

Your hood strut replacement should now be done.

Recommended to have someone help you with this, it may take about an hour to complete this.

– Located Hood hood struts inside the engine bay (top part of the engine bay, Left and Right will have the hood latches)

Bolt Size varies make and models

American Made Car

-10mm

-13mm

-15mm

-17mm

-18mm

Japanese Made Cars

-8mm

-10mm

-12mm

-14mm

-17mm

-19mm

-21mm

European Cars

-10mm

-13mm

-15mm

-19mm

-21mm

  1. – Remove tubing, hood insulator, and emblem if applicable
  2. – Remove the bolts holding the hood to the hood hinge on one side of the vehicle. Have an assistant support the hood while you remove the bolts on the other side. Remove the hood.
  3. – lower the cost of replacing, find a hood with the same color to avoid painting it or you can always Paint the new hood to match the color of the vehicle.
    (Check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for the color code if the vehicle has the original paint.)
  4. – Attach the new hood to the hinges with the help of an assistant. Snug down the bolts, but do not tighten.
  5. – Carefully close the hood and inspect the alignment. Adjust the hood and tighten the hinge bolts.

 

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