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Hood Struts Going South

On my last post, my hood had closed shut and ended up breaking off the clip that allows you to open the hood. I replaced that clip so I can now open and close my hood again, however the initial problem was that my hood struts were on its last legs. I don’t believe the struts have ever been replaced for the lift of my car, a 2003 Toyota 4Runner. In fact, the tailgate struts needed replacement as well, which I’ve documented in this post.

The hood would open but would require me to lift the hood up manually up to the very top position. At that position, it would have a hard time staying up on its own. After replacing the hood struts, the hood requires lifting still but at the midpoint will move up on its own. It will then stay up very securely on its own.

Aftermarket Hood Struts

With parts such as this, 3rd party products work really well and are so much cheaper than their OEM counterparts. I looked on eBay noticed there are quite a few options, but I had an excellent experience with this seller. I can’t seem to find the hood struts I used online, but I suspect most of these aftermarket parts are similar in quality.

Search for aftermarket struts on Ebay

How to Replace Hood Struts on a 4th Generation Toyota 4Runner

how to replace hood struts on toyota 4runner - maxpow struts in packaging

Unopened set of new hood struts

how to replace hood struts on toyota 4runner - maxpow struts unpackaged

New hood struts with hardware

how to replace hood struts on toyota 4runner - holding hood open with wood

Using a 2×4 to support the hood while the struts are replaced

how to replace hood struts on toyota 4runner - attachment to frame

Loosen bolt on the car side of the strut

how to replace hood struts on toyota 4runner - attachment to hood

Loosen other bolt on hood side of strut

how to replace hood struts on toyota 4runner - old and new hood strut

Old worn hood strut on left, brand new hood strut on right

how to replace hood struts on toyota 4runner - installing attachment to hood

New strut being installed the same way it came off

how to replace hood struts on toyota 4runner - completed

New hood struts are installed!

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Hi there! I'm Scott and I run The Track Ahead. My goal is to provide helpful articles and tutorials based on my experience and research related to car maintenance and automotive detailing. When I'm not writing and not working my day job, you can find me spending time with my family and working on home and car projects.

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