Hood Hinge Spring Installation.....

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  1. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    If you've ever pried the spring off of a hood hinge...... You will soon realize that getting it stretched over the hinge again is going to be a challenge. :(

    I've seen where people have used a come-along or ratcheting tie downs to stretch it back to a point where it can be hooked to the hinge again but.....
    I don't own either of these things.

    The thinking cap came out and I figured out I could hook the spring around the axle of my floor jack and a pin beneath the top!
    A few pumps on the jack handle later and the spring was stretched.

    Then.... I wedged a pieces of stiff cardboard between each coil and lowered the jack.
    Slipped the now extended spring off the jack and reassembled to the hinge.

    I still needed to stretch the spring a little bit but I was able to pry the spring back onto the hinge without much effort with the additional length the cardboard pieces between the coils gave me.

    If you have a stack of washers lying around, they may work better than the cardboard.

    Note:

    BE CAREFUL
    when you work with these springs.
    Getting your fingers pinched in the hinge while dealing with these springs can cause boo boos.

    BTW.... This was done on my son's Monte Carlo with a hood the size of a tennis court.
    The springs on our Camaros are about the same.
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2009
  2. POS71RS

    POS71RS Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I did EXACTLY that when taking my springs off my hinges a month ago.
    I found an old Ouji board, and cut strips/squares off and placed one between each coil.
    Just put the springs back on yesterday in a few minutes. Hooked spring on hinge, pushed down and held the hinge as I popped out all the lil squares, and voila!
     
  3. badslife2

    badslife2 Veteran Member

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    I've been using one of these
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  4. Kamikaze

    Kamikaze Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    A window molding tool??? For hood hinge springs???

    I Gotta ASK HOW???
     
  5. 3SLO5

    3SLO5 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    in a pinch i hammered big nails between each coil of the spring to streach it out.
     
  6. RICARDO1969

    RICARDO1969 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I pop them back on with a bfsd (big f-en screwdriver) :)
     
  7. badslife2

    badslife2 Veteran Member

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    put the hook part in the spring part that goes onto the hinge,and pull.
    I've used a screw driver as well before.
     
  8. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Camaro springs must be lighter than Monte Carlo springs.....
    There was no freakin' way I was going to be able to pull the spring by hand to stretch it into place.

    If you can do it this way without getting hurt....Congratulations!
     
  9. K5JMP

    K5JMP Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    ^ phillips screwdriver. I learned this trick doing old drum brakes back in highschool. Works good;)
     
  10. krabben1

    krabben1 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I just use my fingers.LOL.And POS,I think youre cursed now for the quija board thing.
     

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