Acura Hood Strut Replacement, Fix hood won't stay up

If the hood in your Acura won't stay up, the problem in most cases is the hood struts (also known as hood lift support). This guide applies to models that use hydraulic shocks/struts/lifts and not hood prop rod. This procedure takes less than 30 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. 

  • ACURA model Hood won't stay up,
  • Hood will not stay open
  • Hood stays open for a few seconds then shuts
  • Hood won‚Äôt stay open by itself anymore
  • Hood closes automatically

What you will need


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

Step 1

Open hood to change the hood lift support on ACURA model chassis

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

Watch this video if you need on how to open ACURA hood.

Step 2

Locate the weak ACURA model hood strut support

Secure the hood in upright position. Locate the hood struts that need to be replaced. Above you can see the location on hood support on Acura TLX. Below you can see the location of the hood support on Acura TL which has two. 

acura hood strut replacement

Step 3

hold up ACURA model hood by hand

Have a friend hold up the hood of your ACURA as you change the hood strut. If the hood falls while you are changing the hood lifts on your ACURA, you can get seriously injured.

Step 4

ACURA model hood strut joint

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

acura hood strut removal

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

acura hood won't stay up due to bad hood strut lift support

Step 5

detach hood gas strut from ACURA model

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

Step 6

acura hood strut

Follow the same procedure for the other end.

Step 7

acura hood strut replacement

Install the new hood support in reverse order.

Step 8

ACURA model Hood lift DIY

Repeat this procedure for the other side.


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 ACURA model.


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



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