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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood Shock Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$20 to $60

Talent:

*

Tools:

Small flathead screw driver

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (1999-05)

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 rear hatch, and you can save over a hundred 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 and you do not want it falling on you when you are working.

Hood shock - There is only one shock that holds the hood open, it is located on the left side of the car.
Figure 1

Hood shock - There is only one shock that holds the hood open, it is located on the left side of the car. When you remove this shock the hood will fall so make sure you safely brace it in the up position or have a friend hold it up while you perform the work. The shock mounts to the vehicle in two places (red arrows).

With the hood safely supported use a small flathead screwdriver and gently pry the clip out (red arrow) and away from the lower shock mount.
Figure 2

With the hood safely supported use a small flathead screwdriver and gently pry the clip out (red arrow) and away from the lower shock mount.

Pull the shock straight off the mounting ball (red arrow).
Figure 3

Pull the shock straight off the mounting ball (red arrow). Before installing the new shock clean the mounting ball and lubricate it with a little white lithium grease. Push the new shock directly onto the ball until you hear a click. You do not need to pry the clip out to install the shock.

Follow the same procedure for the upper mounting point as you preformed on the lower (red arrow).
Figure 4

Follow the same procedure for the upper mounting point as you preformed on the lower (red arrow).

Rear Hatch - The rear hatch has two shocks; one on each side.
Figure 5

Rear Hatch - The rear hatch has two shocks; one on each side. While just one shock may be able to support the weight of the hatch make sure you safely brace it in the up position or have a friend hold it up while you perform the work. I started with the top shock mount (red arrow) but it does not matter what order you change them in.

With the hood safely supported use a small flathead screwdriver and gently pry the clip out (red arrow) and away from the upper shock mount.
Figure 6

With the hood safely supported use a small flathead screwdriver and gently pry the clip out (red arrow) and away from the upper shock mount.

Pull the shock (red arrow) straight off the mounting ball (yellow arrow).
Figure 7

Pull the shock (red arrow) straight off the mounting ball (yellow arrow). Before installing the new shock clean mounting ball and lubricate it with a little white lithium grease. Push the new shock directly onto the ball until you hear a click. You do not need to pry the clip out to install the shock.

Follow the same procedure for the lower mounting point as you preformed on the upper (red arrow).
Figure 8

Follow the same procedure for the lower mounting point as you preformed on the upper (red arrow).

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