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Hood and Trunk Support Strut Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood and Trunk Support Strut Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$100

Talent:

**

Tools:

Small flathead screwdriver, rags,

Applicable Models:

BMW Z3 (1996-02)

Parts Required:

Support struts, grease

Hot Tip:

Have a friend nearby to help hold hood or trunk lid

Performance Gain:

Hood or trunk will stay open again

Complementary Modification:

Replace in pairs

The hood and trunk lift struts hold the weight of the hood or trunk lid when you open it. When they fail, the hood no longer stays open without additional support. The struts are gas filled, but when they fail oil sometimes leaks out. You may notice oil stains on the strut cylinder. If this is the case, replace them before they totally fail. Nothing is worse than having the engine hood come down on top of you while you are working on your Z3.

Avoid marring the paint. Work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out body or interior items.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches. 

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability. 

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.


Hood Support Struts:
Hood Support Struts-When replacing the hood support struts, I find it easiest to start by disconnecting the lower spring clip, then the upper.
Figure 1

Hood Support Struts-When replacing the hood support struts, I find it easiest to start by disconnecting the lower spring clip, then the upper. I leave the bottom (green arrow) connected until the upper is removed.

Hood Support Struts-Working at the bottom of the support strut, use a small flathead screwdriver and move the retaining spring down to the bottom of the socket.
Figure 2

Hood Support Struts-Working at the bottom of the support strut, use a small flathead screwdriver and move the retaining spring down to the bottom of the socket. You do not have to remove it, just move it down far enough so the strut will come off the ball.

Hood Support Struts-Working at the top of the support strut, lever the top of the retaining clip up to disengage it.
Figure 3

Hood Support Struts-Working at the top of the support strut, lever the top of the retaining clip up to disengage it. Once disengaged, slide top of support strut off pivot.

Hood Support Struts-Pull support strut (yellow arrow) off stud (green arrow), then pull it off lower ball end and remove from vehicle.
Figure 4

Hood Support Struts-Pull support strut (yellow arrow) off stud (green arrow), then pull it off lower ball end and remove from vehicle.

Hood Support Struts-Clean support strut mounting points and apply a small amount of grease (green arrow).
Figure 5

Hood Support Struts-Clean support strut mounting points and apply a small amount of grease (green arrow). Then install new support struts. Be sure the retaining clips lock when installing. Try to pull strut off to confirm it is properly engaged.

Trunk Support Struts:
Trunk Support Struts-The trunk lid has two support struts, the mounting points are both ball socket style, unlike the front.
Figure 6

Trunk Support Struts-The trunk lid has two support struts, the mounting points are both ball socket style, unlike the front.

Trunk Support Struts-Working at the top of the support strut, use a small flathead screwdriver and move the retaining spring to the top of the socket.
Figure 7

Trunk Support Struts-Working at the top of the support strut, use a small flathead screwdriver and move the retaining spring to the top of the socket. You do not have to remove it, just move it enough so the strut will come off the ball.

Trunk Support Struts-Working at the bottom of the support strut, use a small flathead screwdriver and move the retaining spring down to the bottom of the socket.
Figure 8

Trunk Support Struts-Working at the bottom of the support strut, use a small flathead screwdriver and move the retaining spring down to the bottom of the socket. You do not have to remove it, just move it down far enough so the strut will come off the ball.

Trunk Support Struts-Pull support strut off ball end, then pull it off lower ball end and remove from vehicle.
Figure 9

Trunk Support Struts-Pull support strut off ball end, then pull it off lower ball end and remove from vehicle.

Trunk Support Struts-Clean support strut mounting points and apply a small amount of grease (green arrow).
Figure 10

Trunk Support Struts-Clean support strut mounting points and apply a small amount of grease (green arrow). Then install new support struts. Be sure the retaining clips lock when installing. Try to pull strut off to confirm it is properly engaged.

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