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post #1 of 12 Old 08-15-2014, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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how do I remove the rear lift gate struts?

How do I remove these? Do I just pry them off or what?

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Pryed mine off
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Unclip the clips and remove them. Then pop the strut off.

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I don't see any clips where would they be
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-16-2014, 07:32 AM
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They are thin wire clips that snap around the base of the ball. Unsnap them and remove. It's hard to describe in words here. I can see the clip in your photo so they are there. Just mess with it, you will figure it out. It's easy.
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I see them in the top right photo...............

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You'll see where the end of the wire is wrapped around the strut at the base of the ball. The wire has the end bent back to create a rounded tip. Pop the loop off of the shaft, then slide the pin straight out the end. The ball should come off the mount if you lift the weight of the hatch off the strut and give it a yank. Thump the new one on and replace the pin (if your replacements have the same style retainer).

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Got them off thanks guy's. I really didn't want to put a hole in my hatch just prying on them
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Sometimes they're a pain even with the clips off. If you ever have to pry them just get a long screwdriver and stick the handle between them and the strut and hit the screwdriver end to pop them off while someone holds the hatch down some. They're harder to remove fully extended than they are compressed some.

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They came off easy but I had a a long pry bar handy. Got tired of messing up my screwdrivers and bought actual pry bars lol. Oh by the way they were completely shot, no resistance at all.
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