I installed a hood strut:
The hardest part was after I installed it I realized I couldn’t lift the hood up an inch to get the stupid prop rod out. 🤦♂️
I also just joined the atlantic blue hood strut gang.
And I did the exact same thing with the prop rod!
Does your hood sorta bounce violently at the end of travel? Like when you lift the hood halfway and let the strut auto-open it the rest of the way…my strut seems very enthusiastic and then stops very abruptly. Maybe some dust and pollen will get in there eventually and add some friction so it can’t build so much momentum...lol
Idk if this is common knowledge or not, but for anybody installing one of these, check to see if you have clearance between the strut and the coolant hose that runs off the front of the expansion tank. I had to slightly rotate the hose clockwise on mine so that the strut wasn’t hitting it when the hood was closed. Idk if it would really cause a problem long term but my strut definitely was bonking into the hose and forcing it downward an inch or so every time I closed the hood; better safe than sorry IMO.
edit: whoopsies, my vin was showing, reuploaded pic
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