Use the same procedure for the RH and LH sides.
The procedure listed below is for the LH side.
REMOVE HOOD SUPPORT ASSEMBLY LH
Avoid touching the piston rod as much as possible to prevent foreign matter from attaching to it. Be sure to hold the cylinder while performing work.
Do not wear cotton gloves or other similar materials when handling the piston rod. Fibers may attach to the rod and result in gas leaks.
In order to prevent the piston rod from deforming, do not apply any horizontal load to the hood support.
Using a screwdriver, remove the 2 stop rings as shown in the illustration, and then remove the hood support.
Tape the screwdriver tip before use.
Remove the hood support assembly while supporting the hood panel with one hand.
REMOVE HOOD SUPPORT BRACKET LH
Remove the 2 bolts and hood support bracket.