replacing the acura hoodstrut

Fix Acura Hood that Won’t Stay Open

Acura hood won’t stay up or open?  The problem in most cases is the hood struts (also known as hood lift support). Replacing Acura hood struts (shocks, supports) takes less than 20 minutes and is considered an easy DIY even for beginners.


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

  • The Hood won’t stay up or open
  • The hood stays open for a few seconds, then shuts
  • Hood closes automatically

What you will need

  • ACURA Hood Lift Support
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • A friend


Follow these instructions to change the hood struts in Acura vehicles. Plan on approximately 30 minutes of labor. Be careful not to injure yourself.

opening acura hood

Open the hood of the ACURA model. The hood latch release is located under the dashboard on the driver’s side.

Secure the hood in the upright position. Locate the hood struts that need to be replaced. setting the hood strut on upright positionAbove, you can see the location of the hood support on an Acura TLX.

Below you can see the location of the hood support on an Acura TL, which has two.acura tl hood strut

Have a friend hold up the hood of your ACURA as you change the hood strut. call a friend to hold the hood

Locate the clip that locks the hood support locks to the ball joint. Here is the hood clip that you need to remove. the clip on the acura hood strut

There is also another clip on the other end of the hood strut. Top side clip of the hood strut

Use a flat screwdriver to pry out the clip that locks the hood strut in place.  detaching the hoodstrut from the vehicle

Follow the same procedure for the other end.  The bottom side clip of the hood strut

Install the new hood support in reverse order. replacing the acura hoodstrut

Repeat this procedure for the other side. Here is a video that shows you how to change the lift support.

This guide will teach you how to replace the hood lift support on ACURA vehicles such as the MDX, NSX, RDX, RL RLX, RSX, SLX, TL TLX, ZDX, CDX, CL, VSX, EL, ILX, Integra, Legend.

We hope you find the Fix Acura Hood that Won’t Stay Open guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Acura 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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  1. Anonymous says:

    Great Article. It is true that 99% of the times, the issue will be the hood struts. They physically keep the whole hood in place. I’d want to say 100% but we cannot leave out other issues that might happen, e.g. simply a broken nut bolt etc.

    For more advanced cars using a hydraulic system, the fault can be due to a number of other reasons.

    A more serious problem is when the hood stays closed and won’t open again. That is a more complicated issue, although very rare.