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Hood struts have failed on 04 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Would like to know how to replace them (looks involved) and whether to use Jeep replacement parts. Since OEM parts have failed in less than 40k miles, I assume they are generally no good.

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Despite what the auto manufacturers would have you believe, OEM parts are no better than aftermarket parts, and aftermarket are a good bit cheaper. If the struts are like the ones that were on the hood of my 1993 Eagle Vision or on my 1996 Dodge Intrepid (both traded long ago), or on the tailgate of my 2004 PT Cruiser (all Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep/Eagle products) they are a ball and socket configuration. They pop off the ball using an old screwdriver, and pop back on using slip joint pliers. If you find this helpful, please remember to rate it.

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