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Mercedes Benz C230 Hood Strut

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.

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  • Mercedes Benz C230 Hood Strut: Keep It in Top Shape with These Easy Tips 27 February 2013

    The hood strut of your Mercedes Benz C230 keeps the hood of the car safely above your head if you need to work on the engine. Through time and frequent use, the hood strut will become faulty and show signs of wearing down. However, you can prolong its service life with good maintenance. Check these tips that can help you do just that:


    Inspect the hood strut periodically.


    By inspecting your Mercedes Benz C230 hood strut periodically, you can determine if it can still last for a couple more years or it's already wearing down and needs to be replaced soon. When you inspect the hood strut, look for signs of damage or leak on its surface. Aside from that, you should also observe the hood if it lifts up and closes normally. If not, then it might be caused by a hood strut that's either too strong or weak.


    Replace the hood struts in pairs.


    The reason why it's important to replace the hood struts in pairs because the support they provide has to be equal. If you try and replace only one strut and let the other one remain, the new strut will exert more force to lift the hood up, which can cause it wear down faster. As an added tip, you have to choose the right type of strut for your car. Hood struts vary in sizes and strengths that's why you have to make sure that you buy the exact type. You may use your car's make and model as a reference or look for the part number of the stock hood strut.


    Remove the hood strut of your car properly.


    When it's time to replace your Mercedes Benz C230 hood strut, make sure that you have the right tools and the correct steps because an improper removal process may have an effect to the new strut you will install. The tools you need are flathead screwdriver, all-purpose grease, and a 2-by-4 wooden plank or broom handle. You shouldn't attempt to use any material that isn't strong enough to hold the hood. When removing the strut rod but it doesn't come off the mount easily, you should rotate the barrel while pulling it towards you. Do not force it to detach because you might damage the mount. You can also check if the mount can be detached using a wrench.