Originally Posted by Dean Prevolos
I went to check my fluids yesterday and my hood struts won't stay in the upright position to keep the hood open. Has anyone ever had that happen with no incident? Is this covered under warranty or do I have to replace? Any advise is appreciated. Thanks,Dean.
My 06Z06 did that back in December after about 4-1/2 years. One of the struts had lost its gas charge. Very unlikely that both struts have failed. They are kind of pricey. This should be a DIY. The same GM part number covers either side. You could buy one and guess a side that's bad and see if you are correct. If not, take the one you removed and put it on the other side. Of course, if one has failed, the second could fail sooner or later so you can rationalize replacing both at the same time and be done with it.
At each end of the strut, there is a band clip that has to be at least partially removed by prying with a small flat blade screwdriver. Tug on the strut end at the same time. The strut attaches to a small ball on the hood bracket and the band clip retains the strut to the ball at each end. The new strut just snaps in place. I used a little lube spray at each end to ease the new strut snapping back in place. It is really a simple R/R.
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