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Hood support struts

Thread in 'General Information' started by Mark K 2, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Mark K 2

    Mark K 2 Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    Just replaced the hood support gas struts. They were getting weak. So I go to open the hood to replace them and it wouldn't stay up; guess that was good planning. Took all of 5 minutes.



     
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    EddieS'04 Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    To keep the struts serviced. The shafts clean from rust and particles and the seals in shape. Clean them 2 times a year and wipe the shafts with white lithium grease.
     
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    Mark Price 2 Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    Good tip Eddie. I did mine last summer...after the hood fell down on my cheap work light I had hanging from the hood latch. Bulb glass everywhere...twice:banghead: better than my head I suppose. Went right out and grabbed two struts and a quality work light. :supercool:
     
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    Anthony Jones Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    I just replaced mine as well. We had a cold snap in Georgia and my hood wouldn't stay up as I was replacing the battery. Good as new now...well they are new, huh? :banana:
     
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    Adam Smith Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    Hi Eddie, My '04 Trac has weak hood struts, the hood falls on my head after a few seconds. Was it easy to replace them? Just go online to Ford.com (or to the local dealer) and buy a couple? They are almost $100 each. Thanks.
     
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    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    Adam,

    The post you commented on is from 2013 !!! Eddie is still around but may not see the post.... feel free to create a new post.

    BUT they are real easy to change.
     
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    Adam Smith Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    Thanks, just about to try to do the job myself with (hopefully) a 2" x 4" to hold the hood up.
     
  8. Duncan Kimbro

    Duncan Kimbro Active Member 2nd Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V8 Engine

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    If you haven’t already done it, they’re very easy. I think when I did my ‘03 about a year ago, the Monroe hood Struts were much less expensive than Ford/Motorcraft, if I could even if find the OEM.

    Took longer to find something to prop the hood open than it did to change the struts.
     
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  9. Adam Smith

    Adam Smith Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    The job was easy, but got totally ripped off at the dealer. Too embarrassed to say what I paid....
     

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