Opening a W124 Chassis Hood Up Into the Vertical (Service) Position

Not difficult once you do it. Be careful to avoid damage to the hinges

You would think this would be easy. Not necessarily so if you saw the type of hood hinge damage Kent has seen. Watch the free youtube video to learn the correct steps to open the hood up into the service position and then closing it back done. The procedure in the video applies to the 124 chassis cars built from 1986 to 1995. It is slightly different on the W123, W126 and W201.

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Problem & Solution

Common among these chassis:


The prevent damage lubricate your hood hinges at least once a year. If you let your car sit out in heavy rain you will need to do it every 6 months.