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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood Shock Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$30 to $200

Talent:

*

Tools:

Small flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz GL320 (2007-09)
Mercedes-Benz GL350 (2010-14)
Mercedes-Benz GL450 (2007-14)
Mercedes-Benz GL550 (2008-14)
Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG (2013-14)

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 shocks is a great and easy way to get started on DIY, or "Do It Yourself" projects. It should take you less than 30 minutes to do both the shocks on the hood, and you can save hundreds of dollars from what a shop might charge. The only thing you really need to worry about is dropping the hood or hatch 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. You do not want it falling on you when you are working. Also the shocks are different for each side of the hood; make sure you are ordering the correct parts before starting the job. The shock on the left side of the hood has a lock out for putting the hood in the service position. Do not put this shock on both sides or you will not be able to get the hood into the service position by yourself.

There are two front shocks on the hood of the GL450.
Figure 1

There are two front shocks on the hood of the GL450. The shocks are different for each side of the hood; make sure you are ordering the correct parts before starting the job. The shock on the left side of the hood (red arrow) has a lock out for putting the hood in the service position. The shock on the right (yellow arrow) does not; do not put this shock on both sides or you will not be able to get the hood into the service position by yourself. Both shocks use the same mounts and are installed and removed in the same manner.

The top of the shocks are ball sockets.
Figure 2

The top of the shocks are ball sockets. To remove the top make sure the hood is supported. Use a small flathead screwdriver and slip it between the clip and socket to pry the clip back (red arrow).

The top of the shock will pull out from the ball mounted on the hood.
Figure 3

The top of the shock will pull out from the ball mounted on the hood. Make sure to clean and apply a little grease to the ball (red arrow) before installing the new shock.

You do not need to pry the clip back (red arrow) when installing the new shock.
Figure 4

You do not need to pry the clip back (red arrow) when installing the new shock. Just press it onto the ball and the shock will clip in place.

The left shock has a button for the service lock out (red arrow).
Figure 5

The left shock has a button for the service lock out (red arrow). Pressing this button will allow you to raise the hood into the service position as well as release it from the service position. You only need one of these shocks so check your part numbers when ordering.

The lower mount for the shocks are ball and socket as well.
Figure 6

The lower mount for the shocks are ball and socket as well. Like with the top shock use a small flathead screwdriver and gently pry the clip back (red arrow).

The bottom of the shock will pull out from the ball mounted on the fender.
Figure 7

The bottom of the shock will pull out from the ball mounted on the fender. Make sure to clean and apply a little grease to the ball (red arrow) before installing the new shock. Installation is the reverse of removal. Congratulations! You have just saved yourself some money.


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