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Unread 08-19-2008, 07:18 PM   #1
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2003 Hood Struts Bad! Hood falls on my head.....

That hood hurts when it drops on your head!!

Seems the struts have lost thier ability to hold the hood, anyone else replace these things so soon........

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Unread 08-19-2008, 07:20 PM   #2
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Yeah, they fail. Doesn't cost cutting suck?
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Unread 08-19-2008, 07:27 PM   #3
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I did mine not long ago.
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Unread 08-19-2008, 07:34 PM   #4
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Another reason to buy a ZJ

I'm sure they're just as easy to replace as the liftgate struts.
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Unread 08-19-2008, 07:41 PM   #5
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Yeah, they're real easy to replace.
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Unread 08-19-2008, 07:43 PM   #6
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x2 very easy i got mine at advance auto for maybe 30 bucks
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Unread 08-19-2008, 07:45 PM   #7
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bought mine at o'reilly auto parts and changed them out in the parking lot within 5 minutes with a small flat blade screw driver. Stupid clips didn't want to release so I had to persuade them to let go.
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Unread 08-19-2008, 07:46 PM   #8
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I'm sure they're just as easy to replace as the liftgate struts.
Easier, no tools required. Just pull out the tabs, slide strut on, push in tabs.
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Unread 08-19-2008, 07:51 PM   #9
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Wow.....I'm not alone!! I did a search and nothing came up, I used a tobacco stick to prop the hood up today while I changed the oil.
Nice to hear it's an easy fix, I'm getting my butt kicked by my 84 GTV6 driveshaft replacement right now!!

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Unread 08-19-2008, 07:55 PM   #10
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just dont put your head under and you will be ok
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Unread 08-19-2008, 07:55 PM   #11
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mine like to fail when the underhood pad gets wet... like when i sunk the jeep last weekend.
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Unread 08-19-2008, 07:58 PM   #12
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Short Life Expectancy

From my experience, the WJ hood struts are good for about 4 years. Rear hatch struts about 6 years. Not sure how long the rear window struts last since I almost never open the glass, but replaced them at 8 years (totally shot). All easy to do. Not convinced the MOPAR struts are better than any other manufacturer.
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Unread 08-20-2008, 12:59 AM   #13
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the life varies depending on how often the hood is open.
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Unread 08-20-2008, 01:46 AM   #14
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And what temperature it is outside. When I'm in sunny Sacramento they work great. When I take the 1 hour trip up to Tahoe they cease to work at all in the freezing temperatures.
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Unread 08-20-2008, 07:08 AM   #15
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Just wait till your door lock actuators fail. Love my WJ!
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