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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood Shock Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

15 minutes15 mins

Tab:

$15 to $70

Talent:

*

Tools:

Long flathead screwdriver, short Philips head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Porsche 993 Carrera (1995-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera 4 (1995-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera 4S (1996-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera S (1998)
Porsche 993 Targa (1996-98)
Porsche 993 Turbo (1996-97)

Parts Required:

Shocks

Hot Tip:

Do not let the hood fall on your head

Performance Gain:

Easier to work on all of your systems under the hood

Complementary Modification:

New cabin pollen filters

There are two shocks that hold up the hood on your Porsche 993. These shocks will weaken over time and eventually fail. Signs that the shocks are starting to go bad: they do not hold the hood as high as they used to, the hood is getting heaver to lift and settles down a little when open. The shocks are easy to replace and there is just no pride in having to hold a Porsche hood open with an old broom handle.

The shocks connect to the hinge on the hood and to a mount inside down by the fender. Once you get access to them there are very easy to change out, but be warned even if the shocks are brand new a single shock may not have the power to hold the hood up so watch your head and do not expect the single new shock to hold the hood while changing the other.

You will need to remove the rubber trim and shroud by the firewall to give you room to work. If you are just starting to DIY on your Porsche, do yourself a favor and get in the habit of moving things out of the way rather than being uncomfortable and risk dropping small parts.

Begin by supporting the weight of the deck lid by having a friend hold it or securely brace it so it will not fall on you while you are working.
Figure 1

Begin by supporting the weight of the deck lid by having a friend hold it or securely brace it so it will not fall on you while you are working. There are two shocks that hold the hood up; one on each side connected to the hinges and the mount below each pollen filter housing (red arrows). Changing them is a tight fit, but take your time and you will be fine.

Begin by pulling up and removing the rubber seal on the firewall (red arrow).
Figure 2

Begin by pulling up and removing the rubber seal on the firewall (red arrow).

Remove the two Philips head screws (red arrows) and lift the shroud cover up and out.
Figure 3

Remove the two Philips head screws (red arrows) and lift the shroud cover up and out.

If you have a new style shock you will need to release the clip that holds the ball socket onto the ball.
Figure 4

If you have a new style shock you will need to release the clip that holds the ball socket onto the ball. Take a long flathead screwdriver and insert it between the clip and ball socket and gently push the clip down (red arrow).

With the shock off you can see what you need to do with the clip (red arrow).
Figure 5

With the shock off you can see what you need to do with the clip (red arrow).

If you have the old style shocks there is no clip and you will just pry the ball socket off with your flathead screwdriver (red arrow).
Figure 6

If you have the old style shocks there is no clip and you will just pry the ball socket off with your flathead screwdriver (red arrow).

Gently pry the retaining clip off the top of the shock (red arrow) and remove the pin.
Figure 7

Gently pry the retaining clip off the top of the shock (red arrow) and remove the pin. Be careful as it is easy to lose these clips when they come off. With the pin removed you can remove the shock.

If you have the original or old style shocks there may be a tube over the piston shaft, this will not fit on the new shocks so you can dispose of it.
Figure 8

If you have the original or old style shocks there may be a tube over the piston shaft, this will not fit on the new shocks so you can dispose of it. Installation is the reverse of removal. The ball cup on the new shocks should come pre-lubricated, if they do not add a little white lithium grease before installing.

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