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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood Shock Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

10 min

Tab:

$20 to $60

Talent:

*

Tools:

Large screwdriver, moly grease

Applicable Models:

Audi A6 (1997-04)
Audi A6 Quattro (1997-04)
Audi S6 (2002-03)

Parts Required:

Hood Shock

Hot Tip:

Lubricate the ball pivots with moly grease

Performance Gain:

Hood stays up

Complementary Modification:

Replace wiper blades

Are you getting tired of having your hood fall on your head? It's probably time to replace your hood shock. This is among the most disposable of parts on the Audi A6. They wear out - it's just a matter of time. Replacing the hood shock is an easy task that should take no more than five minutes.

The Audi uses a gas-pressurized shock to hold up the weight of the hood. Over the years, the seals in the shock will wear and the shock loses its ability to hold the weight, resulting in a hood that won't stay up. Start by lifting up the front hood, and securing it using a long stick or have a friend hold it up. Make sure that this support is mounted securely. Pop each end of the hood shock off the ball pivots. Now clean and lubricate each ball pivot with a dab of moly grease. The new shock simply pops onto the ball pivots. Make sure you have the orientation of the shock correct. The thicker portion of the shock faces downward.

Remember your car may have been serviced before and parts 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.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Replacing the hood shock is literally a snap.
Figure 1

Replacing the hood shock is literally a snap. You'll need to support the hood with a large stick or have a helper nearby as you pop the hood shock off the upper and lower ball pivots (green arrows).

Carefully pry the hood shock off the lower ball pivot by using a large screwdriver behind the attachment point (green arrow).
Figure 2

Carefully pry the hood shock off the lower ball pivot by using a large screwdriver behind the attachment point (green arrow).

Put a dab of moly grease on the upper and lower ball pivots (green arrow) and then pop the new hood shock on.
Figure 3

Put a dab of moly grease on the upper and lower ball pivots (green arrow) and then pop the new hood shock on.


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