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How to Replace Hood Struts 06-10 Ford Explorer

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  1. step : Removing the Hood Struts (0:46)
    • Safely prop up the hood with an external object, like a strong piece of pipe
    • Pry out on the retainer on the back of the hood strut with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Repeat the process on the bottom strut
  2. step : Installing the Hood Struts (1:38)
    • Insert the lower end of the part over the ball socket
    • Clip it into place on the top
    • Repeat the process on the other side

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In this video we're going to be working with our 2006 Ford Explorer. We're going to show you how to remove and replace your hood struts. Like the struts on your vehicle suspension, we always recommend you replace these in pairs.

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Here are the items you'll need for this repair: flat blade screwdriver, pipe, locking pliers

Normally, you'll be replacing the hood struts on your vehicle because they've failed and won't support the hood. Before beginning the project, prop your hood with something. I found this piece of pipe around the shop. You can use a variety of things, like a broom handle or if you're replacing both of your hood struts, you can clamp a pair of vice grips onto one of them to support the hood while you replace the other. Just don't clamp the new ones because scoring them will damage the insides of the strut.

Using a small flat blade screwdriver, pry out on the retainer on the back of the hood strut and remove it from the ball socket. We'll do the same thing on the bottom here.

The new part will simply go over the ball socket. Press into place, make sure it's on there nice and secure. Move on to replacing the other side. Once you've replaced your hood struts, remove whatever you used as a prop. Check that they support the hood properly. You're good to go.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Block of Wood

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Channel-Lock Pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • A Piece of Pipe (for leverage)

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

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