1996 Lexus ES300: Hood Strut Fail
June 05, 2012
Jay knew it. Phil Reed probably figured it out at some gas station in Utah. The hood struts on our 1996 Lexus ES300 are one of several "little things" that have seen better days and need attention. At the moment, checking the oil is a two-person operation if you aren't in possession of a suitable sawed-off broom handle, though I suppose one could use his or her own head to prop the hood open.
This is a fairly common problem for older hoods and hatches that are held aloft by gas struts, and the solution is fairly simple to execute: buy a new pair of struts for $20 to $25 apiece at our local auto parts store and snap them in place.
I remember an el-cheapo plastic clip device I once installed onto one of the failed struts on a Honda CRX I once owned. It worked well enough holding the hatch open but did not make lifting it any easier. But the cost was more to my liking at the time, something like 5 bucks. I wonder if they still make them today.
Not even close. There isn't even a little bit of support left. Adding this to the DIY list after Phil gets back.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @Whatever Phil says miles