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97GtsTx April 22nd, 2014 11:38 AM

Gen 2 Hood wont stay UP, Any Ideas?
 
Have a 97 and the hood wont stay up, bought it this way, not sure why, very annoying. not sure what it needs, when the hood is closed, everything lines up nice. please help. thank you

dave6666 April 22nd, 2014 11:40 AM

Try degreasing the hood springs and pivot points. As ironic as that sounds, being lubricated is just too much. If that does not work replace the springs. I just did mine and do like the added springiness. Where are you located?

ZZ SRT April 22nd, 2014 12:11 PM

I have the same problem and it looks like mine are pretty gunked up with grease.

I'll have to give that a go.

97GtsTx April 22nd, 2014 01:31 PM

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Originally Posted by dave6666 (Post 2535905)
Try degreasing the hood springs and pivot points. As ironic as that sounds, being lubricated is just too much. If that does not work replace the springs. I just did mine and do like the added springiness. Where are you located?

im located in houston tx, i tried spraying brake cleaner on the spring loaded hinges but that didnt do anything. which spring the big one or small one?

dave6666 April 22nd, 2014 01:41 PM

The big one at the bottom. Not the up where the hinge assembly attaches to the hood itself.

I would be hesitant to spray brake cleaner around. That can damage paint. I would get some plastic and cover the engine etc as much as you can, get some foaming engine degreaser from AutoZone or whatnot, and then hose the springs and all the hinge pivot points down. Let soak for a bit, and then rinse with a hose.

Of course if your engine bay is gnarly, maybe degrease it to i.e. leave the plastic cover off and make an afternoon of it.

97GtsTx April 22nd, 2014 04:08 PM

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Originally Posted by dave6666 (Post 2536377)
The big one at the bottom. Not the up where the hinge assembly attaches to the hood itself.

I would be hesitant to spray brake cleaner around. That can damage paint. I would get some plastic and cover the engine etc as much as you can, get some foaming engine degreaser from AutoZone or whatnot, and then hose the springs and all the hinge pivot points down. Let soak for a bit, and then rinse with a hose.

Of course if your engine bay is gnarly, maybe degrease it to i.e. leave the plastic cover off and make an afternoon of it.

Ok do you know where i can find the lower spring? or part number?

jslimm April 22nd, 2014 04:54 PM

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Originally Posted by 97GtsTx (Post 2536817)
Ok do you know where i can find the lower spring? or part number?

FYI, Parts manuals are available online here: Original Equipment Parts - Roe Racing

Jeremy B April 22nd, 2014 05:36 PM

Have you thought about viagra?

ViperTony April 22nd, 2014 05:43 PM

I was going to suggest wedging a squirrel in the hinge but de-greasing the hinges sounds easier.

Curz April 22nd, 2014 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by 97GtsTx (Post 2535897)
Have a 97 and the hood wont stay up, bought it this way, not sure why, very annoying. not sure what it needs, when the hood is closed, everything lines up nice. please help. thank you

whatever. you took daves exgirlfriend and banged her on the hood and now it jacked. nice work

Disturbed 01 April 22nd, 2014 06:33 PM

Prop the hood full open and leave it for a week. It helps the springs to relax.

dave6666 April 22nd, 2014 06:51 PM

The springs are a dealer item. I paid $108 each.

8.0L>1.8T April 22nd, 2014 08:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Disturbed 01 (Post 2537209)
Prop the hood full open and leave it for a week. It helps the springs to relax.


Given that mindset, would you say it is healthier for the springs to have the hood propped open whenever the car is sitting as to avoid future problems with the hood springs?

dave6666 April 22nd, 2014 08:38 PM

Buy new ones you cheap bastards.

catwood April 22nd, 2014 08:48 PM

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Originally Posted by dave6666 (Post 2537473)
Buy new ones you cheap bastards.

DIY bungee cord to the ceiling rafters

dirtbag April 22nd, 2014 11:20 PM

Prop it up with a broom stick.

Make sure you post pics.

rockysunrise April 23rd, 2014 03:59 AM

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Originally Posted by dave6666 (Post 2535905)
Try degreasing the hood springs and pivot points. As ironic as that sounds, being lubricated is just too much. If that does not work replace the springs. I just did mine and do like the added springiness. Where are you located?

THIS ^^^ I used degreaser and it took a bunch of times but it works.

Disturbed 01 April 23rd, 2014 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by 8.0L>1.8T (Post 2537433)
Given that mindset, would you say it is healthier for the springs to have the hood propped open whenever the car is sitting as to avoid future problems with the hood springs?

Sure. I suppose you could. But not needed.


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