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Audi A4 Hood and Trunk Shock Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Audi A4 Hood and Trunk Shock Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$20 to $60

Talent:

*

Tools:

Small flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Audi A4 (2002-05)
Audi A4 Cabriolet (2003-06)

Parts Required:

New shocks

Hot Tip:

Get someone to hold the hood up

Performance Gain:

You can work on the engine without worrying about getting hit in the head

Complementary Modification:

New air filter

Changing your own hood and trunk shocks is a great and easy way to get started on a DIY, or "Do It Yourself" projects. It should take you less than 30 minutes to do both the shocks on the hood and trunk, and you can save over a hundred dollars from what a shop might charge. The only thing you really need to worry about is dropping the hood or trunk on your head. You will need to have a friend hold the hood up or brace the hood in the up position with a sturdy piece of wood. The hood is surprisingly heavy, so you do not want it falling on you when you are working.

If you do not have someone around that can help make sure to securely brace the hood before beginning.

Hood Shock - There is only one shock that holds the hood open.
Figure 1

Hood Shock - There is only one shock that holds the hood open. It is located on the left side of the car. When you remove this shock the hood will fall so make sure you safely brace it in the up position with something that can safely take the full weight of the hood and will not fall when working on the shock (yellow arrow). Otherwise, have a friend hold it up while you perform the work. The shock mounts to the vehicle in two places (red arrows).

Hood Shock - With the hood safely supported use a small flathead screwdriver and gently pry the clip out (red arrow) and away from the lower shock mount.
Figure 2

Hood Shock - With the hood safely supported use a small flathead screwdriver and gently pry the clip out (red arrow) and away from the lower shock mount. Pull the shock straight off the mounting ball. Before installing the new shock clean the mounting ball and lubricate it with a little white lithium grease.

Hood Shock - Push the new shock directly onto the ball until you hear a click.
Figure 3

Hood Shock - Push the new shock directly onto the ball until you hear a click. You do not need to pry the clip out to install the shock.

Hood Shock - Follow the same procedure for the upper mounting point as you preformed on the lower.
Figure 4

Hood Shock - Follow the same procedure for the upper mounting point as you preformed on the lower. The upper shock mounting point is angled to match the angle of the hood (red arrow). Make sure to clean and lubricate the upper mounting ball as well.

Trunk Shock - The rear trunk has two shocks, one on each side.
Figure 5

Trunk Shock - The rear trunk has two shocks, one on each side. While just one shock may be able to support the weight of the trunk, make sure you safely brace it in the up position or have a friend hold it up while you perform the work. I started with the left shock mount but it does not matter what order you change them in. With the trunk safely supported use a small flathead screwdriver and gently pry the clip out (red arrow) and away from the upper shock mount.

Trunk Shock - Pull the shock (red arrow) straight off the mounting ball (yellow arrow).
Figure 6

Trunk Shock - Pull the shock (red arrow) straight off the mounting ball (yellow arrow). Before installing the new shock clean the mounting ball and lubricate it with a little white lithium grease. Push the new shock directly onto the ball until you hear a click. You do not need to pry the clip out to install the shock.

Trunk Shock - Follow the same procedure for the lower mounting point as you preformed on the upper (red arrow).
Figure 7

Trunk Shock - Follow the same procedure for the lower mounting point as you preformed on the upper (red arrow).






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