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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood and Hatch Shocks Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$20 to $60

Talent:

*

Tools:

Small flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

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

Like many modern manufacturers, Volkswagen shares components and even platforms across its many model lines. This article is based on one of those shared components but the work may have been performed on a different model than your vehicle. While some fasteners and other hardware types and sizes may be different, all of the information you need to safely complete the project is included in this article. If you have any questions, comments or feedback please contact us using the comment section below or join us on one of the world's best automotive forums for additional assistance.

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).

Hood shock - 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

Hood shock - 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.

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

Hood shock - 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.

Hood shock - Follow the same procedure for the upper mounting point as you performed on the lower mounting point (red arrow).
Figure 4

Hood shock - Follow the same procedure for the upper mounting point as you performed on the lower mounting point (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.

Rear Hatch - 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

Rear Hatch - 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.

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

Rear Hatch - Pull the shock (red arrow) straight off the mounting ball (yellow 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.

Rear Hatch - Follow the same procedure for the lower mounting point as you performed on the upper mounting point (red arrow).
Figure 8

Rear Hatch - Follow the same procedure for the lower mounting point as you performed on the upper mounting point (red arrow).

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