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Afternoon all,<p>One (or both?) of the gas lifters on my mother's 97 850 sedan's trunk lid failed recently, and I want to save her some money and replace them for her with replacements from IPD. <p>The Bay 13 instructions at <A HREF="http://www.volvospeed.com/Repair/trunk_struts.php" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvospeed.com/Repair/trunk_struts.php</A> make it look very simple, but I thought I would check if there are any caveats more experienced members think I should know about beforehand.<p>I'm mechanically adept and this seems like a simple enough job, but I don't want to make any bonehead DIY mistakes.<p>Thanks! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Any tips for replacing trunk struts? (info2x)

Easier said than done. The claw hook inside the trunk is the hard part. Had to use a long screwdriver to lever it off the little bar that it is anchored onto. Then, the really hard part was getting the new one onto the little rod. Not terribly difficult job, just took a long time because there is NO access into the area around where the claw hook anchors. You will really wish you had an access panel to get into that are to get the old stut off, and the new one on. That said, I got it done, but was pissed that it took twice as long as I originally estimated, and the difference was due to the difficulty in getting the old strut off, and then the new one on. Everything else was a breeze.
 

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Re: Any tips for replacing trunk struts? (kageryu)

Have few pictures, hope you found these helpful.<p> <IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/2/web/410000-410999/410686_112_full.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/2/web/410000-410999/410686_114_full.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/2/web/410000-410999/410686_116_full.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/2/web/410000-410999/410686_119_full.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Any tips for replacing trunk struts? (wizzard_al)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>wizzard_al</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Easier said than done. The claw hook inside the trunk is the hard part. Had to use a long screwdriver to lever it off the little bar that it is anchored onto. Then, the really hard part was getting the new one onto the little rod. Not terribly difficult job, just took a long time because there is NO access into the area around where the claw hook anchors. You will really wish you had an access panel to get into that are to get the old stut off, and the new one on. That said, I got it done, but was pissed that it took twice as long as I originally estimated, and the difference was due to the difficulty in getting the old strut off, and then the new one on. Everything else was a breeze.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>In addition to what wizzard said, I would add that the assistance of someone or something to hold the trunk up to ensure that it does not come down on your head when you've got one or both struts off is needed. I did the R&R myself, and I've got a few bumps on the skull to prove it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>As I recall, I found installing the new struts easier if I held the trunk about one-third of the way down from fully up to shorten the distance between the two mounting points.
 

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Awesome, thanks to everyone for all the tips and information. This will let her save money for more important things under the hood! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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