Hood prop | Ford Explorer - Ford Ranger Forums - Serious Explorations

  • Register Today It's free! This box and some ads will disappear once registered!

Hood prop

RockyMtnHigh

Well-Known Member
Joined
November 24, 2008
Messages
215
Reaction score
2
City, State
Vancouver, BC
Year, Model & Trim Level
98 XLT 4.0 SOHC
On my 98 XLT the hood is held open by the hood struts. I am surprised that there is no physical prop to hold that big heavy hood open. Even my Mustang has a prop for the factory lightweight composite hood.

How do you ensure that the hood stays open while working under there? I am a little nervous about 2 small hydrallic struts holding that much steel in suspension above my busy and distracted fingers while working on the Ex. A sudden gust of wind could blow that thing down - and that is common where I live. I have thought about putting vise grips on the strut rods to keep them from retracting but then thought that all of you with years of experience wrenching these trucks must have a good answer.

Thanks! :salute:
 
<

Join the Elite Explorers $20 Gets rid of the ads!

Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create and save more private conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.




purestoke

New Member
Joined
October 5, 2008
Messages
5
Reaction score
0
City, State
Vancouver BC
Year, Model & Trim Level
96 xlt
I have always had to use a vice grip as mine don't work. I havnt had any problems but they didn't working to start with
 
<



Spdrcer34

Explorer Addict
Joined
March 14, 2002
Messages
3,892
Reaction score
8
City, State
Bremerton, WA
Year, Model & Trim Level
1992 Explorer XL
The Prop rods are MORE in the way. No matter what I am doing under the hood, the prop rod is in the way eventually.

I am actually going to retrofit my `92 to accept struts like my `97.

Ryan
 
<



RockyMtnHigh

Well-Known Member
Joined
November 24, 2008
Messages
215
Reaction score
2
City, State
Vancouver, BC
Year, Model & Trim Level
98 XLT 4.0 SOHC
I have always had to use a vice grip as mine don't work. I havnt had any problems but they didn't working to start with


Thanks Purestroke. Good to hear that the vise grip thing would work. I think I'll just throw a set in the console for when I need them.

Vancouver is my second home...great city!
 
<



RockyMtnHigh

Well-Known Member
Joined
November 24, 2008
Messages
215
Reaction score
2
City, State
Vancouver, BC
Year, Model & Trim Level
98 XLT 4.0 SOHC
The Prop rods are MORE in the way. No matter what I am doing under the hood, the prop rod is in the way eventually.

I am actually going to retrofit my `92 to accept struts like my `97.

Ryan


Agreed Ryan. The last thing I want to do is install another knuckle knocker (I hate rad caps :mad:). I'm just wondering if there is some great way to keep the hood up while wrenching that I have not thought of yet.

Thanks for your input! :salute:
 
<



<



marragtop

Explorer Addict
Joined
April 14, 2001
Messages
2,075
Reaction score
0
City, State
balt, md
Year, Model & Trim Level
91, 92, 95, and 2000 xlts
The vice grips method works fine. It should only be necessary to put them on one strut prop.
 
<



Cobraguy

Explorer Addict
Joined
February 22, 2008
Messages
2,520
Reaction score
17
City, State
Phoenix...Greatest City on Earth
Year, Model & Trim Level
1995 EB & 1999 EB 5.0
If you use vice grips, your strut is done for. They will scar the shaft and the seal will be destroyed. This is not a good choice. Somewhere I've seen a plastic sleeve that slips over the shaft to hold the hood in place as a safety. You might be able to google for it. I would bet you could make one out of pvc pipe. Just cut a piece of pipe the length of the extended shaft, cut a slit lengthwise, and slip it over the shaft.
 
<



gijoecam

Village Idiot
Elite Explorer
Joined
May 31, 1999
Messages
8,339
Reaction score
12
City, State
Trenton, MI
Year, Model & Trim Level
98 ExSport, '00 F-150
I've never had the hood come down on me even in the wildest winds, except for when the struts were going bad and it was wintertime.... That was the one and only time.

With good struts, you've got nothing to worry about.

-Joe
 
<



my98nnj

Explorer Addict
Joined
September 27, 2008
Messages
1,636
Reaction score
6
City, State
Boonton, New Jersey
Year, Model & Trim Level
1998 XLT
With good struts, you've got nothing to worry about.

-Joe

Agreed, if your hood isn't supported very well, buy new struts. Most auto parts stores carries them, under 20 each and your hood will stay open.
 
<



fsumotorhead

Well-Known Member
Joined
November 8, 2006
Messages
146
Reaction score
0
City, State
Monroe, MI
Year, Model & Trim Level
'96 Explorer Sport
Mine never stays on it's own, i have a 3' extension i use to prop it up.

I would imagine that a Ranger prop rod would work great.
 
<



Gatorblazer

Well-Known Member
Joined
March 8, 2006
Messages
791
Reaction score
1
City, State
Moody, AL
Year, Model & Trim Level
02 Explorer, 09 Mazda 5
I picked a prop rod up for free for the u pick it. Two screws and it was in. Much cheaper than new struts
 
<



410Fortune

Truck Season!!
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
August 3, 2000
Messages
27,147
Reaction score
2,773
City, State
NORTH IDAHO, 7B
Year, Model & Trim Level
B2 "Slightly" Modified
Callsign
FOURTEN
I am retro fitting my 96 witht he stupid ass gas hydro shocks that are $30 each to replace with springs like a chevy truck.. no hood prop no expensive and crappy gas charged shocks.

Not one gen II explorer I work on has the damn shocks that work, new ones fail after 1-2 years..
So instead of carrying around a boat cover prop (expendable rod /prop) so the hood doesnt fall on my head, my wife owns a 99 GMC 2500HD, that truck has some awesome hood hinges with springs built in... gave me an idea, my explorer is getting chevy style spring hinges :)
 
<



heathmo

Well-Known Member
Joined
December 31, 2007
Messages
336
Reaction score
0
City, State
Davenport, IA
Year, Model & Trim Level
'99 Sport
Mine are broke too, had it come down on me a few times. Hurt like hell the one time, I was installing my cold air and it was snowing and cold and my hands were getting wet, hood fell and I used my arm to catch it, well I caught it right on the release lever. That was sore for quite some time.

I know what they're talking about with the spring loaded hinges, those are sweet, I had them on my 88 Caprice Classic, that was a monster hood, but man those are the way to go, I might just have to retrofit some of those on there myself. Or just get new ones or a good pair of vice grips, if the thing is already broken I don't see how damaging the seals on it would be any cause for concern.
 
<



Hawk89

Member
Joined
November 10, 2008
Messages
13
Reaction score
0
Be careful. I was working on my car and my hood holds itself also and it slammed down on my hand. First time it ever fell.
 
<



magngineer

Member
Joined
November 8, 2006
Messages
17
Reaction score
0
City, State
Cincinnati, Ohio
Year, Model & Trim Level
1998 XLT
Just replaced mine on a 98 XLT. Rock Auto has Monroe hood lift supports for $8.82 each + S&H. MONROE Part # 901340.
 
<



Cobraguy

Explorer Addict
Joined
February 22, 2008
Messages
2,520
Reaction score
17
City, State
Phoenix...Greatest City on Earth
Year, Model & Trim Level
1995 EB & 1999 EB 5.0
my explorer is getting chevy style spring hinges :)

Be extremely careful Jamie. Make sure you run long, solid braces along the underside of the hood. Those springs could very easily be stiff enough that you will bend the hood closing it against their tension. Shoot...we use to have to fix Chevy hoods all the time for that on the older models.
 
<



celly

disturber of the peace
Joined
July 28, 2004
Messages
6,849
Reaction score
11
City, State
calgary
Year, Model & Trim Level
99 eb 5.0 awd
Mine has come down on me (usually on my head). I switched to new struts about 2 years ago and that was good for a while. A few months ago, I was working on some headlight aiming not far from my house and it came down on me, this time trapping my left hand (4 fingers) (I was off the passenger's side). With my left hand trapped, I couldn't reach my cell phone in my right pocket. I usually do the aiming out on a desolate country road, but luckily this time I was very close to home. It was pretty damn painful and pretty embarassing. I had to call out for help and finally a neighbour heard me and popped the hood for me. It was about 10 at night. I was lucky because the hood slammed my fingers just in front of the knuckles. Had my knuckles got it, I'd probably just be getting the cast off! I had a pretty nasty mark across my fingers. The damage could have been worse.

I noticed with with onset of cold weather that the hood won't stay up much at all unassisted now. I've got a chunk of wood in the truck now to prop it up for the mean time. :rolleyes:
 
<



celly

disturber of the peace
Joined
July 28, 2004
Messages
6,849
Reaction score
11
City, State
calgary
Year, Model & Trim Level
99 eb 5.0 awd
I see Rick tried these back in '00:

rickhoodlifter.jpg



hood_lifters.jpg


His thread is here.

EXPLORER EXPRESS

I've summoned Rick for his opinion(s). Anyone else used them? I wonder if EE even carries them still given that most of the items they list on their site aren't truly available any more. :rolleyes:
 
<

Join the Elite Explorers $20 Gets rid of the ads!

Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create and save more private conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.




Rick

Pumpkin Pilot
Staff member
Admin
Elite Explorer
Joined
February 8, 1999
Messages
33,457
Reaction score
1,789
City, State
Wayoutin, Aridzona
Year, Model & Trim Level
'93 XL Pumpkin Edition
Callsign
AB7FH
I loved the struts. Worked very well. Unfortunately I never adapted them to my fiberglass hood.

I have never seen struts give out suddenly. They lose their tension over time and it's easy to tell when they need replacing.

For example, the factory struts that are on the trunk of our Mustang are in need of replacement. They lift VERY slowly and won't hold the trunk as wide open as they used to.
 
<



Top