Do it yourself, change the hood support struts on your Mercury Sable. The procedure is very simple and is similar on models produced between the years 2000 and 2005. You will need new support struts, a flat blade screwdriver and a second person to hold the hood while you make the replacement. Some use a piece of wood to support it, a broom or a mop.
So, in the beginning, you will have to open the hood and support it somehow, using the help of another person or a tool. In order to replace the bad strut, you will have to use the tip of a flat blade screwdriver an insert it at the lower end of the strut, as you can see in the picture below, to pry out a safety metal ring.
Now, you will have to repeat the process to the top side. Pry out the metal ring and pull out the support strut.
The reinstall process is very simple. You just have to push the new strut into the metal securing knobs on the car and move to the other one if needed. This is all you have to do, if you wish to remove and replace the hood support struts on your Mercury Sable, the model made between the years 2000 and 2005.