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The hood struts attach via ball and socket. Look at the back of the socket on the strut: you'll see a metal band that curves around the back of the socket an disappears in 2 slots. In a cutaway view, you would see that this is actually a 'C' shaped band (spring clip) that grips the ball. Pry carefully under the back of the band on the socket to pull the band back and away from the ball (be careful not to shoot the band out). At the same time pull on the strut till it releases. It's easier with 2 people but you can do it by lifting the hood with my shoulder if you're alone.

Reinstallation is easy: just push.

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Ahh...

Use a little flathead screwdriver to gently pry the clip back so you are able to pull the ball out. I see it now. Thank you very much.
 
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