[DML] Re: luggage compartment strut replacement
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[DML] Re: luggage compartment strut replacement

OK this one I can answer.  At the barrel end of the sturt there is a
clip you have to remove, it holds the strut to the bearing.  I usually
use a small screwdriver or a pick to remove the clip.  Once that clip
is off, you can normally pull the strut off, if it won't come off by
pulling, it's time for the rubber mallet, hit the strut softly as
close as possible to the ball joint.  Once that end is off the other
end should pop off without much force.

If the strut won't come off with light blow hammer force, hit it with
some PB Blaster of equiv, in the ball joint socket, wait 20-30 minutes
and try again.  It will come off, it's only a spring fit, the clip
just locks the spring.

And when installing the new ones you really don't have to remove the
clip, it only works one way.


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Dan" <djdanwilson@xxxx> wrote:
> I just purchased a pair of struts for the hood/luggage compartment
> from DMCH, but they did not come with instructions on how to remove
> and install.

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