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hood prop
« on: March 13, 2003, 09:10:21 »
I replaced the hood prop on a 230sl (the prop it replaced was a stick), now the hood stays open only about 45 degrees, maybe less.  Should the prop rod be 'wound' like a clock spring to increase tension?  I have already figured out that the plasic receiver that  the prop rests in should be reversed...the prop slipped out and the hood almost chopped  a few fingers.
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Re: hood prop
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2003, 10:58:31 »
   It is my understandingthat your car is not unique and many of us have the "guillotine" option. There should be quite a bit of tension on the hood prop rod. Even with that mine would slip out at times. I made a minor modification to my car to avoid finger chops or head smashes. The receiver to the hood prop on my car is plastic. The rod has a rounded section the rides in the receiver. I drilled a hole in the reciever and if I place a nail in the hole while the hood is up it is impossible to lower the hood. My fingers and head have not been threatened since.
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Re: hood prop
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2003, 11:34:41 »
I would think that if your hood drops closed on it's own, then there is a problem.  It should not do that.  Yes, there should be quite a bit of tension on the prop, but I can't say how much.  Perhaps someone could provide proper installation instructions for a new spring/prop and guide?

See this thread http://index.php?topic=92 for pics of my old and working hood prop.

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Re: hood prop
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2003, 16:14:41 »
The prop on my hood was guillotine-prone because the plastic receiver was worn a bit. You can adjust it back and forth, so that is one option, but since this did not do the trick, I decided to take it off and install it the other way around (it's symmetrically shaped). Now the hood stays up very well.

Btw I have been advised not to simply drop the hood to close it - rather, we are supposed to lower the hood slowly by hand until it rests on the keeper, then use the heavy hand and press it closed firmly. Dropping it as a matter of practice supposedly is bad for the hood/paint? Seemed to make sense at the time, so that's how I've been doing it since.


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