Changing the hood lift support on Chevy vehicles is easy and takes about half an hour.
Symptoms of worn hood struts include:
- Chevy hood won't stay up,
- Hood stays open for a few seconds, then shuts.
- Hood won't stay open by itself anymore.
- Hood closes automatically
What you will need
- Open the hood of your Chevrolet. The hood latch release is located under the dashboard on the driver's side.
- Have a friend hold up the hood of your Chevrolet. If the hood falls while you are changing the hood lifts on your Chevrolet, you can get seriously injured.
- Locate the hood struts that need to be replaced.
- Locate the joint that connects the hood strut to the frame.
- Use a flat screwdriver to pry out the clip that locks the hood strut in place.
- Once the clip is pulled out, you can remove the hood strut from the lower ball joint.
- Follow the same procedure for the end that connects to the hood.
- Install the new hood support in reverse order. Repeat this procedure for the second hood strut if your Chevrolet is equipped with two.
Note that this guide does not apply to models that use a prop rod. This guide applies to Chevy vehicles with gas hood struts found on models such as Chevy Spark, Sonic, Bolt, Volt, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Camaro, Corvette, City Express, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado, Sonic, Blazer, Astro, HHR, Uplander, Avalanche, etc.