BMW E90/E91/E92/E93 series is the fifth generation of the BMW 3 Series range of entry-level luxury cars, and was produced from 2004 to 2013. The body styles of the range are:
- 4-door sedan/saloon (E90 model code)
- estate/wagon (E91 model code, marketed as "Touring")
- coupé (E92 model code)
- cabriolet (E93 model code)
How to replace hood lift support on BMW 3-Series 2004-2013
Updated 8 months ago
1 - Very Easy
10 - Difficult
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.Back to top
- BMW 3-Series hood won't stay up.
- Hood will not stay open on its own.
2. What you will need
- BMW 3-Series Hood Lift Support
- Flat Screwdriver
- A friend to support BMW hood
Open the hood of your BMW 3-Series. The hood latch release is located under the dashboard on driver's side.
Secure the hood in upright position. Here is the location of the hood struts that need to be replaced.
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.
Locate the clip that locks BMW hood support locks to the ball joint.
Use a flat screwdriver to pry out the clip that locks the hood strut in place.
Follow the same procedure for the other end.
Install the new hood support in reverse order.
You are done replacing one of the gas hood supports on your BMW 3-series. Repeat this procedure for the other side.Back to top
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.Back to top