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Replacing Porsche 911 Carrera Hood Shocks
 
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Replacing Porsche 911 Carrera Hood Shocks

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$30

Talent:

*

Tools:

Needle-nose pliers, small screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Porsche 996 Carrera models (1999-05)
Porsche 996 Turbo, GT2, GT3 (2001-05)
Porsche 997 Carrera models (2005-12)
Porsche 997 Turbo, GT2, GT3 (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Hood shocks, two for each lid

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to drop the small clips

Performance Gain:

No more bumping your head on the hood

Complementary Modification:

Install the Das Schild hood and trunk protectors

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 911 Carrera. 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 can 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. Don't forget the plastic sheath that holds the wiring harness for the wing. The whole process should take you less than 30 minutes or so.

Each shock has two sockets on either end.
Figure 1

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.

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Dick Comments: Hi, I'm looking for 2003 Targa rear window Stabilus Elekrolift struts and do not find them on Pelican Parts. Are they available?
Thanks!
July 4, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It may not be located in the online catalog.

Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
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Marty C. Comments: The front hood strut replacement took less than 10 minutes for both. The removal requires the loosening of the spring clip, but the install does not need spreading the clip. The new struts just snap into place. Stabilius brand is OEM and absolutely the same as the struts supplied by Porsche.
p.s. Thanks for great service. Received my order in one and a half days.
February 11, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jerry Comments: Tony - I have a 1999 Carrera cabriolet on which I just installed a shock strut...it took only 15 minutes to do with a small screwdriver. It only needs one fyi..STABILUS LIFT-O-MAT 7319 LR 186/99 C 28. Jerry
September 22, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Tony Comments: Hi, I am looking for the shock absorbers for the hood that is located on the back of the car trunk. This is above the motor. The car I bought is a used one and it has only one. It is a 2001 Carrera 2 Coupe. Please help. Thank you.
September 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff:
I’m not the best with part numbers.

Give our 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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