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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood Shocks Replacement

Tom Morr

Time:

15 minutes15 mins

Tab:

$35

Talent:

*

Tools:

Flathead screw driver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz SLK230 (1998-04)

Parts Required:

New hood shock

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:

Detail the engine compartment

Changing your own hood shock or strut 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 replace the shock and you could save over a hundred dollars from what a shop might charge. The only thing you really need to worry about is you will need to have a friend hold the hood up or brace the hood in the up position something sturdy. The hood is surprisingly heavy and you do not want it falling on you when you are working.

Begin by raising the hood to the full up and locked, or service position. If the shock is worn out you will need to brace it securely or have someone hold it up for you.

With the hood braced take a small flathead screwdriver and gently pry out the clip around the base of the shock. You do not need to remove the clip from the shock, just pry it out a little.

With the clip moved away from the shock housing you can push the shock off the mounting ball.

If you live in an all-weather climate you may want to clean and lubricate the mounting ball.

When installing the new shock you do not need to pry the clip out, you can simple pull the mounting cup over the ball and the shock will snap in place.

The top shock is mounted on a "spud" and held in place by a small clip. Using a small flat head screw driver gently pry up the clip and slide it off the groove in the end of the spud. Slide the top of the shock off and replace with your new one. Reinsert the clip.

Congratulations you are done.

With the hood braced take a small flathead screwdriver and gently pry out the clip around the base of the shock (red arrow).
Figure 1

With the hood braced take a small flathead screwdriver and gently pry out the clip around the base of the shock (red arrow). You do not need to remove the clip from the shock, just pry it out a little.

With the clip moved away from the shock housing you can push the shock off the mounting ball (yellow arrow).
Figure 2

With the clip moved away from the shock housing you can push the shock off the mounting ball (yellow arrow).

When installing the new shock you do not need to pry the clip out, you can simple pull the mounting cup over the ball and the shock will snap in place (red arrow).
Figure 3

When installing the new shock you do not need to pry the clip out, you can simple pull the mounting cup over the ball and the shock will snap in place (red arrow).

The top shock is mounted on a
Figure 4

The top shock is mounted on a "spud" and held in place by a small clip.

Using a small flat head screw driver, gently pry up the clip and slide it off the groove in the end of the spud.
Figure 5

Using a small flat head screw driver, gently pry up the clip and slide it off the groove in the end of the spud. Slide the top of the shock off and replace with your new one. Reinsert the clip.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Geoff Comments: Hello,
You may want to add that the replacement shock comes without the plastic shroud/sleeve covering the top half of the shock, which needs swapping over may be UK only , i thought i had the wrong part !! Great tutorial Thanks.
April 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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