bad hood springs?

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  1. FatherSon71

    FatherSon71 Veteran Member

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    DO NOT ATTEMPT PULL THE SPRINGS!!! This will wind up in a serious injury or worse, a busted windshield. Look on Youtube (how to remove a hood/hinge spring). I used a metal bar bent at 90* at each end. Insert into springs when hood is open. SLOWLY lower hood and springs should fall off. Just be careful when moving those loaded bombs!! You don't want the metal bars to come flying off. Worked like a charm for me removing the heavy factory springs. John
     
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    while the hinge is bolted to the car use an old fan belt put it on the hook of the spring and pull hard and you can get them off and on but not if your a 150lb soaking wet individual. it requires a little muscle and weight. done it a hundred times and i still have all my fingers toes and windshields intact. farting and sneezing at the same time is more dangerous than a hood spring.
     
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    Now I get it!

    I thought you meant the whole spring and hinge unit!DOH!

    I looked at your PB pix, beautiful car man! Beautiful.

    I would sure be interested in how you get those springs off.
     
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    They should be lighter springs for the fiberglass hood and should come off easier than stock springs. They must be really weak if they won't hold up a fiberglass hood. I have used vise grips and screwdrivers many times and been lucky enough. I really like the fan belt idea though.
     
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    [​IMG]My hood stays put with my Glastek springs.And if you need to pull off you springs.Just have someone hold you hood and use a large long flat tip screwdriver,and just slowly pop them off.even works with stock springs.
     
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    So I slowly closed the hood to see spring action and found that it is not compressing. I am so confused
     
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    My PO put bungie cord on to help hold mine up. It'll work until I find slightly stronger springs.

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    Genius ! OP, use this idea to take your springs off and swap in the new ones. The springs in the hood are tension springs, not compression springs.
     

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