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

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 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. See link below. 



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

What you will need


Open Hood

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

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


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


Secure hood

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


Locate lower connection

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

BMW  3-Series hood strut joint


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


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


Install new hood strut

Install the new hood support in reverse order.

Install new BMW  3-Series hood support gas lift


Replace other side

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


By YOUCANIC on Apr 13, 2019


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