Mercedes Benz C230 Hood Strut: Common Problems and the Reasons behind Them
Your Mercedes Benz C230 hood strut is designed to hold the hood up when you need to check some parts of the engine. However, the hood strut will wear over time, and you will soon notice that the hood of your car is getting heavier or slowly closing by itself. Before this problem worsens and causes any injury, you have to do some troubleshooting once it starts to show signs of malfunction. Here are some of the common problems you can encounter with a problematic hood strut:
The hood doesn't stay up.
When the hood of your vehicle doesn't stay up and closes a few moments after you have just opened, this might be a sign of a malfunctioning Mercedes Benz C230 hood strut. When this problem occurs, you have to inspect the hood strut for cracks or breaks on its surface. You should inspect the strut for a possible leak. Before you check the strut, make sure you have someone that can help to hold the hood up. If there's none, then you should use a strong wooden support to do the job.
The hood opens too wide.
If your hood pops out too wide when you pull the release handle, it may be caused by a hood strut that has too much pressure. You can let the hood strut wear down on its own until the pressure weakens. However, if you're bothered by the quick release of the hood, then you should replace the hood strut to avoid this problem. To choose the right type of hood strut, you must check the part number of your car's hood strut. Aside from that, you should also check the pressure of the hood strut you choose. The usual pressure a hood strut must contain is around 60 pounds.
Leaks and bad odors are coming from under the hood.
When you see a leak all over your car's front cross member and smell a bad fluid under the hood, this probably might come from a leaking strut. To check if the strut is really the culprit, try to open the hood. It should fall down and won't hold up too long. There's no better solution to this than to replace the malfunctioning hood strut and the other strut as well. This is important because the hood should receive the same amount of balance on both ends.