How do I fix a car hood hydraulic?

Last week I had my car hood popped open to check my oil and coolant levels. After a few minutes, I felt the car hood on my head. The hood of my car had been slowly closing on its own without me noticing. How do I fix a car hood hydraulic?

Talullah Blanco · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The hood hydraulics or hood lift support shocks are the gas-charged cylinders that support the hood of your car when it’s open. Faulty lift support shocks can make
routine maintenance
tasks like checking and adding brake fluid that much harder. You can’t fix your hood lift support shocks, but you can follow these steps to easily replace them:
  • Prop open the hood of your car. You can use a hood support bar or get someone’s help to hold open the hood.
  • Remove the gas struts. Pry off the gas strut retaining clips with a flathead screwdriver.
  • Unbolt the fasteners. Use a ratchet to remove the fastener that connects the lift support to the car’s body.
  • Install the new lift support. Mount the new strut and use your fingers to push the strut onto the ball joint into place.
  • Attach the fasteners. Attach and tighten the fasteners until they are snug.
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