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Trunk lift supports
1999 Mercury Mystique

Trunk lift supports

(1999 Mercury Mystique)
how to change trunk lift support.could be called trunk shock.
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on April 02, 2010
Usually these pop on and off of a ball system that is attached to the vehicle
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on April 02, 2010
Usually these pop on and off of a ball system that is attached to the vehicle
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Support the open trunk lid with something (else it will slam shut when you remove the old struts), fold down the seats to give yourself room to work, and climb in. Peel back the trunk liner/carpet along the trunk's side wall, starting from where it touches the back seat. I found that peeling it up from the bottom, I can get a medium flat head screwdriver in behind it and gently pry out the plastic fastener holding the liner to the suspension tower and trunk wall. I had to remove two fasteners to get enough of the liner peeled away so I could work.

With the liner out of the way, start with the front attach point of the strut. Use a small flat head screwdriver to loosen the metal retaining clip that locks it on (look at the new strut to see how this works), and with the clip loose you can push the strut away from the arm of the trunk lid. It should pop right off.

The procedure is similar for the rear attach point, buried behind and above the suspension tower... if possible, have a helper aim a flashlight into that area so you have both hands free. Feel your way to the retaining clip, pry/loosen it with the small flat head screwdriver in one hand, and with the other hand pop the strut off from its mount point.

Putting the new strut on is easy - no tools needed. Start with the rear attach point, and just press the socket of the new strut onto the attach point. It will pop on. Then do the same with the front attach point. You may need a helper to move the trunk lid slightly so its arm is within reach of the strut - I found it impossible to extend/compress the strut with my hands.

Put the carpet/liner back into place, and pop any plastic fasteners you removed back into their holes to secure the liner. That's it!
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This is an excellent description .... I found that using a small screw driver to "feel" the slot in the rear ball joint worked the best - when I found the slot with the screwdriver, the gas spring was easily removed.
on April 03, 2010
You will have to unscrew both ends of the shocks and buy news ones.
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