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Chevrolet Colorado Hood Lift Support Struts Replacement Guide
How to change weak or failing hood lift support struts on a 2nd generation 2015 to 2019 GM Chevy Colorado truck.

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2019 Colorado Engine Bay
Two Hood Lift Struts
Top of Hood Support
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and perhaps also the refreshed 2020 model year) GM Chevrolet Colorado truck in changing weak, worn out or defective hood lift support struts (also known as shocks or spring dampers).

Owners of other General Motors vehicles from Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Buick and Holden such as the Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Blazer, Tahoe, Suburban, Sonic, Cruze, Trailblazer, Spark, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Bolt, Corvette, Camaro, Silverado, Express, Regal, LaCrosse, Cascada, Encore, Enclave, Envision, Canyon, Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, XT4, XT5, XT6, Escalade, CT5, CTS, XTS, CT6, ATS, Astra and Commodore may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Some compatible replacement aftermarket hood lift support struts with their part numbers include the following: Tuff Support 612064 and Lift Supports Depot PM3866.

The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) General Motors part numbers are GM 23167779 and GM 23167780.

The only tool needed to remove and replace the struts is a small flat head screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

The first two steps are to open the hood and then wedge it open with some large towels or folded cardboard boxes.

Alternatively, you could have a trusted assistant hold open the hood for you.


Pry Out Retaining Clip
Pull Socket Off Ball
Ball Socket Mount Point
Locate the black metal "C" shaped retaining clips situated at the top and bottom of each support strut.

Use a small flat head screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool to gently pull back the center of the retaining clip to release it from the outside of the ball socket.

Carefully pull the socket off the ball mount attached to the hood.

Pry Out Bottom Clip
Pull Off Bottom Socket
Old Strut Shock Removed
Repeat the process to release the ball and socket at the bottom of the strut.

Set the old strut aside.

Push On Lower Socket
Pop In Retaining Clip
Line Up Top Ball & Socket
Orientate the new strut so that the gas charged shock part is at the bottom near the engine bay.

The silver metal extendable bar should be located at the top closer to the hood.

Make sure that the two retaining clips on the new strut are in the out (released) position.

Snap In Retaining Clip
Metal Clip Secured
Two Struts Replaced
If necessary, carefully pry out the retaining clips until the sockets can be popped back into place over the ball mounts.

Firmly push the retaining clips back in towards the ball mount to secure them in place.

Double check that the strut is securely attached before moving on to replace the other strut.

To test the new struts, push down the hood and then let go of it. If the new struts are working properly the hood should raise by itself in a slow controlled manner.

Be sure to record the procedure in your vehicle's service records.

Please check out all of my 2015-2019 GM Chevrolet Colorado DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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