How to replace hood lift support on BMW  3-Series 2004-2013

How to replace hood lift support on BMW 3-Series 2004-2013

Last Updated on Tuesday Jan 16, 2018

In this guide, you will learn how to replace the hood lift support on BMW 3-Series E90 E91 E92 E93. If the hood on your 3-series will no longer stay up, you need to change those gas hood supports. Over time they weaken and no longer will support your BMW hood. This guide applies to 3-Series from 2004-2013. Changing the hood hydraulic shocks/struts/lifts is easy and takes less than half an hour. Typically a new set of hood lift supports can be purchased online for under $50. See link below. 

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1. Symptoms

  • BMW 3-Series hood won't stay up.
  • Hood will not stay open on its own.
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2. What you will need

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3. Instructions

Step 1

Open hood to change the hood lift support on BMW  3-Series E90 E91 E92 E93

Open the hood of your BMW 3-Series. The hood latch release is located under the dashboard on driver's side.

Step 2

Locate the weak BMW  3-Series hood strut support

Secure the hood in upright position. Here is the location of the hood struts that need to be replaced.

Step 3

hold up BMW  3-Series hood by hand

Have a friend hold up the hood of your BMW. If the hood falls while you are changing the hood lifts on your BMW 3-Series, you can get seriously injured.

Step 4

BMW  3-Series hood strut joint

Locate the clip that locks BMW hood support locks to the ball joint.

Step 5

detach hood gas strut from BMW  3-Series

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

Step 6

replace other BMW  3-Series hood strut applicable to 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

Follow the same procedure for the other end.

Step 7

Install new BMW  3-Series hood support gas lift

Install the new hood support in reverse order.

Step 8

BMW  3-Series Hood lift DIY

You are done replacing one of the gas hood supports on your BMW 3-series. Repeat this procedure for the other side.

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4. Watch Video

Here is a video that shows you how to change the lift support. Watch video if you need help changing the hood support on your BMW 3-Series.

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