How Replace Hood Lift Support on BMW 3-Series 2004-2013

Est. Time: 20 min
Difficulty: Easy

This guide provides instructions on how to replace the hood lift support on BMW 3-Series E90, E91, E92, and E93. If the hood on your 3-series will no longer stay up, change those gas hood supports.

What you will need


  1. Open the hood of your BMW 3-Series. The hood latch release is located under the dashboard on the driver's side.Open hood to change the hood lift support on BMW  3-Series E90 E91 E92 E93
  2. Locate hood struts. Here is the location of the hood struts that need to be replaced.  Locate the weak BMW  3-Series hood strut support
  3. Secure the hood open. 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. hold up BMW  3-Series hood by hand
  4. Locate the clip that locks the BMW hood support locks to the joint. BMW  3-Series hood strut joint
  5. Remove C clip. Use a flat screwdriver to pry out the clip that locks the hood strut in place. detach hood gas strut from BMW  3-Series
  6. Disconnect the other end. Follow the same procedure for the other end.replace other BMW  3-Series hood strut applicable to 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  7. Install the new hood support in reverse order.
  8. Install new BMW  3-Series hood support gas lift
  9. Replace the other side.
  10. You are done replacing one of the gas hood supports on your BMW 3-series. Repeat this procedure for the other side. BMW  3-Series Hood lift DIY

Over time hood struts weaken and no longer will support your BMW hood.

This guide applies to 3-Series from 2004-2013. Changing the hood 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. 

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