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so this may/may not be an easy fix..or perhaps one of you can point out something that I'm likely neglecting (DISCLAIMER: i don't work on cars and don't particularly enjoy garage atmospheres...filling my gas tank up is about as routinely qualified as it gets for me....)

the engine hood for my 2009 MDX will only stay propped in the up position for approximately 30 seconds, before it comes crashing down on its own...isn't it supposed to stay locked in the open position indefinitely, immediately after the moment after you pull the 2007-2013 Acura MDX engine hood release, and then manually proceed to lift up the hood up all the way? is there supposed to be something else that should be holding it up?...as long as I can remember, the hood used to always remain held up on its own, just after having manually lifted it up all the way.

i realize some of you may be potentially laughing at me right now, but this is a serious question- could there be something wrong with those 'hydraulic looking' stands that support the engine hood while its in the open position?...sure looks like some Motrin/Tylenol could be in play should that engine hood ever happen to suddenly came smashing down on my Clairol (red) color dyed hair while my noggin is busy reaching for the oil dipstick...:frown2: (oh the potential irony- 'dipstick suffers cranial injury from MDX hood while checking dipstick'...)

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Yes, the hood shocks/lifters (whatever you want to call them) are bad. You need a couple of new ones and that will be it.
 
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Yes, the hood shocks/lifters (whatever you want to call them) are bad. You need a couple of new ones and that will be it.
THANK YOU for the ultra fast response!!! calling my local, preferred stealership right now to get ready to take it on all 4's....er' I mean to get quotes :grin:
 

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They are readily available after market...try rock auto etc..
 

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The hood shocks go bad at about this age - pretty common. Luckily they are easy to replace. Only tool you need is a flathead screwdriver. Just use a 2x4 or a friend to support the hood while you swap out the shocks. And do one at a time. Check out Rock Auto or Amazon or even your local Advance Auto Parts/AutoZone/CarQuest rather than the stealership.

 

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Thanks all- I did find quite a few 'front hood life supports' (for 2007-2013 Acura MDX's)...

Presently debating on whether to buy these from Amazon

Qty (2) Acura MDX 2007 To 2013 Front Hood Lift Supports, Struts, Shocks
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HESESX6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AZUEGS6F7RLJ5<br>
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or the STOCK/OEM:
STAY ASSEMBLY, R HOOD OPENER - ACURA (74145-STX-A02)
https://www.theacurapartsstore.com/oem-parts/acura-stay-assembly-r-hood-opener-74145stxa02/?c=Zz1ib2R5LWFpci1jb25kaXRpb25pbmcmcz1lbmdpbmUtaG9vZCZpPVNUWDRCNTEwMEEmcj0xMCZhPWFjdXJhJm89bWR4LTUtZG9vciZ5PTIwMDcmdD1zcG9ydCZlPTUtc3BlZWQtYXV0b21hdGlj<br>
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I figure this job is about an easy/average 10-15 minute job for the average message board member (which means I should be done with this replacement myself, in just a little bit over an hour upon having started it...)
 

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Thanks all- I did find quite a few 'front hood life supports' (for 2007-2013 Acura MDX's)...

Presently debating on whether to buy these from Amazon

Qty (2) Acura MDX 2007 To 2013 Front Hood Lift Supports, Struts, Shocks
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HESESX6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AZUEGS6F7RLJ5

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or the STOCK/OEM:
STAY ASSEMBLY, R HOOD OPENER - ACURA (74145-STX-A02)
https://www.theacurapartsstore.com/oem-parts/acura-stay-assembly-r-hood-opener-74145stxa02/?c=Zz1ib2R5LWFpci1jb25kaXRpb25pbmcmcz1lbmdpbmUtaG9vZCZpPVNUWDRCNTEwMEEmcj0xMCZhPWFjdXJhJm89bWR4LTUtZG9vciZ5PTIwMDcmdD1zcG9ydCZlPTUtc3BlZWQtYXV0b21hdGlj

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I figure this job is about an easy/average 10-15 minute job for the average message board member (which means I should be done with this replacement myself, in just a little bit over an hour upon having started it...)
Checking oil, changing hood supports - you're getting quite hands on this week!
 

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Checking oil, changing hood supports - you're getting quite hands on this week!
LOL...the Acura stealership would prefer that I stay away from reading this message board/getting service advice/tips ::laugh:
 

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Here is my Review on the Best Aftermarket Hood Struts you can probably buy for the MDX, Yep better than OEM due to the updated Upside down design:

Original Acurazine Link:
StrongArm Hood Struts Mini-Review - AcuraZine - Acura Enthusiast Community

http://www.mdxers.org/forums/74-second-generation-mdx-2007-2013/140674-strongarm-hood-struts-mini-review.html
Thank you :29:

I have added this product to my Amazon cart (only gripe is that its not eligible for 'Prime' shipping....doh!- that's okay, in the end I'm more concerned with overall quality that this product appears to offer):

Qty (2) StrongArm 6339 Front Hood Lift Supports Struts Shocks Springs
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NUJ3MVW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AZUEGS6F7RLJ5
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Additionally (while the following may seem like overkill), I'll also be purchasing this portable/on the fly hood prop. This will not only be used to secure the hood in the open position while installing the hood lifts above, but may also come in handy should the hood lift ever happen to fail again (on this or my other cars)...:nerd:

Lisle 45900 Hood Prop
https://www.amazon.com/Lisle-45900-Hood-Prop/dp/B0002BC0T6/ref=pd_cart_vw_1_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=B3QZPM9VJN5FTX9ZTRBG
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...oh and this is why I sometimes hate Amazon (and in part is also probably why Jeff Bezos has recently moved into the #2 spot of richest human being on planet earth)- the Amazon cart adding just never ends...I'll also be adding some type of stool/mini ladder to counter my vertically challenged attribute (4'11" :surprise: no heels!).
 

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You will love them! you can pop the hood open and just release it, Feels so good to do that hahaha.. The hood will raise and slow down to the open position due to the Upside Down strut configuration, They also last longer than the shaft up setup so they will surely outlast the OEMs..

I wish I could replace the Tailgate ones too (They have an Upside down option for the Non-Power Tailgate) but they don´t have an Option for us with the Power Tailgate.. Since the Power Tailgate motor senses resistance in the opening and closing motion using any other strut than OEM could trigger false bind auto-reverses.. That is why you can only use OEM with the Power Tailgate the motor is tuned for them.
 

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You will love them! you can pop the hood open and just release it, Feels so good to do that hahaha.. The hood will raise and slow down to the open position due to the Upside Down strut configuration, They also last longer than the shaft up setup so they will surely outlast the OEMs..

I wish I could replace the Tailgate ones too (They have an Upside down option for the Non-Power Tailgate) but they don´t have an Option for us with the Power Tailgate.. Since the Power Tailgate motor senses resistance in the opening and closing motion using any other strut than OEM could trigger false bind auto-reverses.. That is why you can only use OEM with the Power Tailgate the motor is tuned for them.
skirmich, did you also ever replace your 2nd gen. MDX Rear Hatch Liftgate Trunk Lift Supports Struts? If so what particular product did you use (assuming that your MDX's rear has the shocks without the power lift gate, as mine does)?

I've recently also observed that my 2009 MDX (rear door/lift gate) doesn't seem to open as far/high as it used to- when opening the read door, I really have to slowly push it upwards with some force to lift/secure it into the fully open position...

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Nope since I bought my MDX the rear hatch struts haven't been replaced I think because of the power tailgate they were replaced before because a failing strut in the power tailgate will trigger the auto bind feature so it's more noticeable when they are bad.. Even if they did I would not use anything other than the OEM Struts for my power tailgate.

Strong Arm sells the rear hatch strut for the Non Power Tailgate you should check them out.
 

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I read the reviews on the Tailgate Struts from Strong Arm and there are some mixed-reviews... I would stick with OEM Stabilus for the Rear Hatch.

This is the link anyway if you wanna check them out, Price is for each unit you will need 2.
https://www.amazon.com/StrongArm-6513-Acura-Hatch-Support/dp/B003O1AI22/ref=sr_1_2?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1491103024&vehicle=2008-58-744-20--9-6-6-8304-2455-1-1-2833-35-1-0&sr=1-2&ymm=2008:acura:mdx&refinements=p_89:Strong+Arm
Thanks- for the rear (manual tailgate lift on a 2009 Acura MDX), I shall stick with OEM tailgate struts :wink:
 

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Thanks- for the rear (manual tailgate lift on a 2009 Acura MDX), I shall stick with OEM tailgate struts :wink:
You get your hood fixed yet? Curious as to how the supports you ordered for it worked for you.
 

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You get your hood fixed yet? Curious as to how the supports you ordered for it worked for you.
Nope not yet- but when I do I will be going with these:
Qty (2) StrongArm 6339 Front Hood Lift Supports Struts Shocks Springs
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=AZUEGS6F7RLJ5

One other note: due to my overall mechanical incompetence, this is has been put on my 'big projects' to do-list (I'll be happy if I get this accomplished by June/July)...on the other hand, if by some sort of fate I happen to get really motivated, I'll definitely report back to give some real time feedback on the engine hood struts referenced above...:nerd:
 
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