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Hood and Hatch Support Strut Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood and Hatch Support Strut Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

**

Tools:

Small flathead screwdriver, rags, support jack

Applicable Models:

BMW X5 (2000-06)

Parts Required:

Support struts, grease

Hot Tip:

Have a friend nearby to help hold hood or hatch lid

Performance Gain:

Hood or hatch will stay open again

Complementary Modification:

Replace in pairs

The hood and hatch hydraulic struts hold the weight of the hood / hatch when you open it. They are small hydraulic cylinder, pressurized and calibrated to support the lid they are attached to. The struts attach to the vehicle body and lids via plastic ball socket onto metal ball ends.

When they fail, the hood will no longer stay open without additional support. The struts are gas filled, but when they fail oil will sometimes leak out. You may notice oil stains on the strut cylinder, if this is the case, replace them before they totally fail. Nothing worse than having the engine hood come down on top of you while you are working on your E53.

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.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If 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. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

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.

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

Hood Support Struts: When replacing the hood support struts (red arrow), I find it easiest to start by disconnecting the upper spring clip, then the lower. I leave the bottom connected until the upper is removed. Support the hood with a screw jack or hatch support.

Hood Support Struts: Working at the top of the support strut, use a small flathead screwdriver and move the retaining spring (red arrow) up to the top of the socket.
Figure 2

Hood Support Struts: Working at the top of the support strut, use a small flathead screwdriver and move the retaining spring (red arrow) up to the top of the socket. You do not have to remove it, just move it up far enough so the strut will come off the ball.

Hood Support Struts: Working at the bottom of the support strut, lever the bottom retaining clip down to disengage it.
Figure 3

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

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

Hood Support Struts: Pull support strut (red arrow) off stud (yellow arrow), then pull it off lower ball end and remove from vehicle. Clean support strut mounting points (yellow arrow) and apply a small amount of grease. Then install new support struts. Be sure the retaining clips lock when installing. Try to pull strut off to confirm it is properly engaged.

Hatch Support Struts:
Hatch Support Struts: When replacing the hatch support struts (red arrow), I find it easiest to start by disconnecting the upper spring clip, then the lower.
Figure 5

Hatch Support Struts: When replacing the hatch support struts (red arrow), I find it easiest to start by disconnecting the upper spring clip, then the lower. I leave the bottom connected until the upper is removed. Support the hood with a screw jack or hatch support.

Hatch Support Struts: Working at the top of the support strut, use a small flathead screwdriver and move the retaining spring (red arrow) up to the top of the socket.
Figure 6

Hatch Support Struts: Working at the top of the support strut, use a small flathead screwdriver and move the retaining spring (red arrow) up to the top of the socket. You do not have to remove it, just move it up far enough so the strut will come off the ball.

Hatch Support Struts: Working at the bottom of the support strut, lever the bottom retaining clip down to disengage it.
Figure 7

Hatch Support Struts: Working at the bottom of the support strut, lever the bottom retaining clip down to disengage it. Once disengaged, slide top of support strut off pivot.

Hatch Support Struts: Pull support strut (red arrow) off stud (yellow arrow), then pull it off lower ball end and remove from vehicle.
Figure 8

Hatch Support Struts: Pull support strut (red arrow) off stud (yellow arrow), then pull it off lower ball end and remove from vehicle. Clean support strut mounting points (yellow arrow) and apply a small amount of grease. 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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Comments and Suggestions:
mick Comments: can I replace motorized hatch struts with standard manual struts. I dont want to pay $2000 for motorized hatch
November 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I believe so. The hatch weight should be the same. You may have to replace the mounting pivots as well.

Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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