Priced a full set of Strong Lifts locally and they were over $100 for the set. Monroe is a major brand that I have used for years for shock absorbers on various vehicles with great results. Alot of the hood lifts I looked at didn't really even have a name on them,just "replacement lifts".,or the STOP brand. Been reading alot of the threads on here in the last couple of days,and seems I should be checking the water pump and PCV valve and hose. Not very familiar with this engine yet.Mostly been a Ford guy all these years other than a Dakota I bought new and kept for 3 yrs. and just sold my Cherokee that I had for about 3 yrs. Lots of threads on here about having to replace engines and do some major work on them to keep them fit and running. Not used to that. My '05 F-150 v-6 has had only oil changes and nothing else needed done to it in 6 yrs. Still runs like new. Only thing I have had to do to it is a fuse and a fuel filter. Makes a newbie skeptical to here about engines blowing,leaking anti-freeze,poorly designed water pumps and timing chains. Dont have the time, funds, or inclanation to be working on a car all the time. Alot of you guys are fanatics about these cars even though you have to keep such a vigilant watch over their systems. Hope I can bring myself to be so enthusiastic alot them !