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How to Replace Hood Support Struts 07-13 Mini Cooper S

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  1. step : Removing the Hood Support Strut (1:20)
    • Have an assistant hold the hood
    • Pry out the retainer on the hatch with a pick
    • Repeat for the lower side
    • Remove the strut
  2. step : Installing the Hood Support Strut (1:58)
    • Insert the strut into place
    • Press the strut clip into place
    • Repeat for the other side

Hi, I’m Mike from 1A Auto. We’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

What's up guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. Today I'm going to show you how to remove and reinstall the hood struts on this 2007 Mini Cooper S. If you need any parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

Open the door. Over here, down near the foot rest there's a little lever. Pull that lever. The hardest part about this is trying to find the hood safety. It's over in this vicinity over here. What you want to do is take a ruler, or tape measure. Line it up with the I, and go over nine inches, and then grab underneath there. Then you're just going to feel a little lever, and you're going to push up. That's the lever.

When we're removing this hood strut we're going to want to have a helper hold the hood for us so that the hood doesn't fall and crush our hand or our fingers. Generally, if you were replacing these struts anyway, it's probably not going to be supported, so you'll need someone to hold it anyway. I'm going to use a pick tool. A curved pick tool is preferable. Down in here we want to take off the lower part of this hood strut. There's a little notch under here. There's like a spring clip, so we're going to get under here. It's kind of hard to see. Slide it off, just like that. It's easier to slide the bottom part off first. You can use the same pick for the top. Just slide it in here. The slide it out. There's the hood strut.

Next we're going to install this. This procedure would be the same on the driver's side. We'll slide it in on the bottom first. And then line it up up top. Just press it on.

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