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the shock is most likely frozen.to disconnect this, go to either the top or bottom of the shock. there is a u shaped metal tab. use a flat head screw driver to pry this off. be careful, its going to be under some pressure! then, just pop the shock off of the small ball on the pivot side. make sure to hold the hood when you do this, because the hood will slam shut, or even worse on you! if the shock wont come off the ball, push the hood up a little bit to take the pressure off of it.

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SOURCE: My hood strut is stuck open. How do I release it on a Lexus 350?

Look for a tab on the side of the strut to push in with your finger/thumb.

Posted on Nov 05, 2012

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