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Audi Hood Won’t Stay Open – Replace Hood Supports

Audi hood won’t stay open? Learn how to fix your Audi hood by replacing your hood supports. Audi hood lift supports are sometimes called hood shocks or hydraulic hood struts. Changing Audi hood supports is easy and takes less than 20 minutes.


The hood strut may be the culprit if you are experiencing any of the following problems.

  • The Audi hood won’t stay up.
  • The hood won’t stay open by itself anymore.
  • The Audi hood will not stay open.
  • The Audi hood stays open for a few seconds and then closes.
  • Hood closes automatically

What you will need

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  • Flat Screwdriver
  • Helper to keep Audi hood up.


  1. Open the hood of your Audi. The hood latch release is located under the dashboard on the driver’s side.
  2. Secure the hood in an upright position. Locate the hood struts that will need to be replaced. securing hood open
  3. An example of an Audi hood strut is shown on the pictured Q5. Have a friend hold up the hood of your Audi. If the hood falls while you are changing the hood lifts on your car, you can get seriously injured. audi hood strut replacement
  4. Locate the clip that locks the hood support locks to the ball joint. removing hood strut lower clip
  5. Use a flat screwdriver to pry out the clip that locks the hood strut in place.removing hood strut from the hood
  6.  Disconnect the gas strut from the frame using the same procedure. detach hood strut from car frame
  7. Install the new hood support in the reverse order.Installing new hood strut
  8. If your Audi has two gas struts, follow the same procedure for the other side. Audi models such as the A4 shown above may have only one hydraulic hood support.installing new hood strut

In this guide, you have learned how to replace the hood struts on Audi models such as the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, Q3, Q5, and Q7.

Audi hood supports can be replaced the same way regardless of the model. The hood supports are not interchangeable between models. Be sure to buy the correct hood support for your car.

We hope you find this guide on Audi Hood Won’t Stay Open – Replace Hood Supports helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Audi vehicle.


  • Rushit Hila • ASE Certified

    Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

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