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Old 10-22-08, 04:57 PM
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Hood Opener

The spring on my 95 camry seems to be very weak that it will not hold up anymore when opening the hood. I have had to put a hammer to hold the hood up. This isnt really safe esp when sticking my head in the hood. Is there something I can buy that will hold up the hood better? I've seen those heavy metal poles in the hood on some cars. Any advise would be much appreciated!
 
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Old 10-23-08, 04:57 AM
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There is a little tool that can be used, but you may have to hunt to find one. It's a little square or round block with a rounded notch in it and a thumbscrew that grips the rod. I've found vicegrips clamped on the rod work quite well. Here's what the tool looks like:

http://www.restockit.com/Universal-H...&?SSAID=118841

A replacement strut runs about $30, so you might consider a permanent fix.
 
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Old 10-23-08, 08:33 AM
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I guess I can buy this tool online? Where does it attach to?

Is there only one strut or two for the hood? Is that an easy replacement?
 
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Old 10-23-08, 08:50 AM
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Don't recall if that is one strut or two. You may be able to find that tool locally; check parts stores. It slips over the shiny part of the strut and the thumbscrew tightens down against it to prevent the strut from compressing. Small pair of vice grips works just as well. The strut(s) are very easy to replace.
 
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Old 10-23-08, 01:50 PM
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Would I need to buy two of those rod grip tools or will one be fine?
 
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Old 10-29-08, 07:57 AM
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Can't you just replace the "little strut" in there with a new one.
I do this on my hatchback when it stops holding up the hatch in the winter.
 
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Old 10-29-08, 02:48 PM
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Only takes one to hold it open, but I'm with Icon; replace and be done with it.
 
 

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