Hood hinge spring replacement

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  1. dailycruiser81

    dailycruiser81 Veteran Member

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    Does anyone have any tricks or tips on replacing hood springs?
     
  2. 81BirdMan

    81BirdMan Veteran Member

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    Wedge the (wood) halves of some disassembled wooden clothespins in between the coils while the spring is extended (hood open but lowered as much as possible). Then raise the hood and the spring should be easy to unhook. Any thin scraps of wood (like pieces of paint sticks) will work, too.

    As for installing the new ones, hook one end to something sturdy (beam, tree, truck hitch, etc) and use a come-along (or maybe a ratchet strap) to stretch the spring. Place the wooden spacers in between the coils until the spring is long enough to easily hook onto the hinge. Don't catch your fingers between the coils!
     
  3. 351maverick

    351maverick Veteran Member

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    quick grip type bar clamp...like the woodworking kind

    ratchets them on & off
     
  4. 12BoltPosi

    12BoltPosi New Member

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    image.jpeg If you have an engine hoist and chains then it'll be a breeze. Hook the spring ends to chains and fasten the chains to the hoist arm and the base of the hoist and slowly raise the hoist just enough to remove the hood hinge. It's safe and easy
     
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  5. Zspoiler

    Zspoiler Veteran Member

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    I just use the largest Craftsman flat tip screw driver I have and just pop them on and off..With or without the hood on. Its easy. There is no use in over engineering stuff when doing anything.I prescribe to th K.I.S.S theory.Kiss it simple stupid.
     
  6. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    Somebody posted here a while back that it can be done easily using a double ended open end wrench. He simply found the right length wrench that fit into the ends of the spring when it was stretched. Then, simply release it by moving the hood. The wrench holds the spring so it can't shorten.
     
  7. sandiego74

    sandiego74 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Here's what I just did and it worked like a charm. Tried inserting several screwdrivers into the spring and using washers between each coil in order to keep it spread open, but nothing worked. Found an old metal coat hanger and setup the spring on the jack as you can see here. As soon as the hinge came loose, I removed it and lowered the jack. Felt pretty safe to me.

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  8. Jeep43

    Jeep43 Veteran Member

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    I stretched mine between two deck posts using light duty ratchet straps, inserted the hinge into the spring ends and relaxed the straps and viola!
     
  9. phat80

    phat80 Veteran Member

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    wish I had seen this before I put my hood back on.
     

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