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How to Replace Hood 06-10 Ford Explorer

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How to Replace Hood 06-10 Ford Explorer

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to remove the hood on 06 Ford Explorer

  1. step 1 :Removing the Hood
    • Open the hood
    • Disconnect the windshield washer hose
    • Unclip the washer hose from the hood
    • Support the hood
    • Trace the hood bracket locations onto the hood with a marker
    • Remove the four 8mm bolts from the hood
    • Lift the hood up and off
  2. step 2 :Preparing the Hood
    • Clean the hood brackets with a wire brush
    • Clean any corrosion off the hood with a wire brush
    • Remove the clips from the hood with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Hold the clips with pliers
    • Bend the clips straight with a Phillips screwdriver
    • Push the clips into the hood
  3. step 3 :Installing the Hood
    • Line up the hood
    • Start the four 8mm bolts that attach the hood to the brackets
    • Line up the brackets with the marks from Step 1
    • Tighten the four 8mm bolts
    • Connect the washer hose
    • Clip the washer hose to the hood
    • Slowly close the hood, checking the alignment

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Assistant

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Marker / Writing Utensil

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

    Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

    9mm Socket

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In this video, we're going to show you just to remove a hood. This is a 2006 Ford Explorer. This procedure is the same for these Explorers as well as Mountaineers. We hope you like the video. If you do, click subscribe. We have all our other Ford, as well as other makes and models, thousands of videos at our channel, and for all your parts needs, visit 1AAuto.com. Here are the items you'll need for this repair.

This line here, twist and pull. You may get some fluid coming out, and then just pull down with your thumbnail and pry a little bit to undo this clip, and pull that hose out. You want to have something to support the hood. If you had a friend, that's probably the best thing, but a small broom, pry bar, whatever is the right length to support the hood there. We're going to mark our hood so we can put it back together the same way, on each side.

There are four 8-millimeter bolts that hold the hood on, remove those. As we're taking this last bolt out, just be careful, and this is probably really where you would want to have somebody help you out. But if you don't have anybody to help you, lift it up, get your stick out, and bring it up and off.

A little bit of corrosion and paint on the top of the hinges, so I'll just wire brush that off. Clean them up. Do that to other side as well as the surface of the hood. Just be careful we don't rub away our mark, and make sure your clips are in place on both sides. And on each side we placed our two bolts, and the wrench on one side.

We found that we're having trouble getting the bolts to thread back into the clips, so when we looked at it – take these clips off, work a screwdriver in there and get to pry out the little retaining clip that's in the clip, and then pull the clip off slowly – and what we found is basically the bolt won't start up in there straight, so we have to make a little adjustment to the clip. What can happen is when you tighten these up, the clip actually bends a little bit, and if you just put the bolt in you can see it's not quite straight. This one I can kind of work and get it to go, but a couple of ours, we couldn't even get the bolts to start in. It’s a pretty easy fix though. Take a nice big set of pliers and grab the clip just like that. Then just take a small Phillips screwdriver or a Torx, and just bend down a little bit. That just straightens that little bend in the clip, and the screw will then easily go in and thread in. Once you've adjusted them if you had to, you make sure you put the nut side or the threaded side into the hood, and then just firmly push into place.

It never hurts to have somebody help you do this, but put one side on and the other side down into place. Just make sure you got it close before you lower it down too far, and then start your bolts in. Start all four in first, and preliminarily tighten the bolts, and then you can line up the mark again. There’s actually a nice corrosion mark on the hood, and then tighten the bolts.

Take the washer tube and reconnect it. Push it all the way on. Hold this clip apart, push it in and reconnect it.

Okay, once you have the bolts tightened up, slowly put it down and just watch on the sides, make sure it's going to close without hitting. You can loosen the bolts up and adjust it front and back if you need to, and sometimes you can push on the hinges to kind of twist it a little bit, but ours lined up fine.

Thanks for watching. Visit us at 1AAuto.com for quality auto parts, fast and free shipping, and the best customer service in the industry.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Assistant

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Marker / Writing Utensil

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 9mm Socket


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