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Are you getting tired of having your front or rear trunk lids fall on your head? It's probably time to replace your hood shocks. These are among the most disposable of parts on the Boxster. They will fail - it's just a matter of when. Replacing them is an easy task, however one that is made easier with small hands that manipulate tiny pieces. With a little bit of patience, you can replace your hood and trunk lid shocks in about 30 minutes.
The front hood uses two gas-pressurized shocks that hold up its weight. Start by lifting up the front hood, and securing it using a long stick or a baseball bat. Make sure that this support is securely affixed, as the hood will hurt if it falls on your head. Starting with the right side, use a small screwdriver to pry out the hood retainer clip. Then use a screwdriver to pop the hood shock off of the pivot ball that is attached to the chassis. Remove the other half of the shock in the same manner.
Replace the old shock in the same place and orientation that the old was in. Snap the new shock into place. If you can't get it around the pivot ball, then remove the retainer clip, push the shock over the ball, and then re-snap the clip into place. It is relatively easy to drop the clip down into the recesses of the trunk, so work carefully and don't rush.
The rear trunk shocks are very similar in their replacement process. The whole process should take you less than 30 minutes or so.
Each shock has two sockets on either end. To remove the shock, carefully pry out the retaining clip with a small screwdriver (inset photo). With the clip loosened, you can then pry off the hood shock from the car. Wrap your screwdriver in duct tape if you don't want to scratch your paint during the replacement process. The new shocks should last you several years, until they begin to wear out again.