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How to install trunk lid torsion bars

I have to replace trunk lid torsion bars because old ones broke. How do I do it?

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  • 321456 Nov 09, 2008

    2003 Saturn ion trunk lid torsion bars broke. How do I replace them or do I need special tools?

  • 321456 Nov 09, 2008

    There isn't struts holding the lid, but two approx. 3-foot horizontal torsion bars, similar to older cars. I believe one end fastens to the hinge and the other to adjustment "holes.'

  • 321456 Nov 10, 2008

    I have solved the problem by having someone who knows how, do it. It is rather simple and easy, requiring the knowledge of what level to hold the trunk open to insert the first torsion bar. It is a 2-man operation.

  • gdipaula Jan 01, 2009

    1998 buick century

  • glenn brown May 11, 2010

    do you mean the small gas struts that look like little shock absorbers if so no tools required they just pop of and push back on there is a small ball fitted to the car which the larger ball on strut fits onto they snap apart and back together with a bit of pressure if too hard for hands use a rubber hammer to help it out and back in

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I have a 2006 Saturn Ion. There are two torque bars in the trunk. One has the insulation on it and the other comes without insulation. Using a bungee cord, I hooked one end above my license plate in a gap and the other end I just stretched until it reached my back door and I shut the door on it. That is how I held the trunk up. Next, I took the rod without the insulation and put the rounded loop part of the bar to the right of the trunk. I rested the other end of the bar that has the squared loop in the middle slit toward the left side of the trunk. I then used one hand to lower the trunk a little to get the right end in place easier. There is the very end of the bar on the right side of the trunk that goes in the slit on the roof of the trunk, the rounded loop that goes under that hook on the bar of the trunk, and just to the left of that loop where the rounded part becomes straight again that goes on the upper most slit just under the roof of the trunk. After all that is in place, go to the left side of the trunk near the three slits and push up as hard as you can to get the left part of the bar to rest on the lower slit and then you\'re snapped in. Repeat for the piece with the insulation on it but reverse what I said about right and left side. You have to install the pieces in that particular order or it won\'t work out. You might say Jesus Christ a few times too but have patience. It is worth it.

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Hook the one end of the torque rod that goes around hinge of trunk placed a vise grip on the end and i put the other end of torque rod in the bracket placing another vise grip on the end and pried the rod up until in snapped on the hook vise grips where put on so the rod doesn't slip out of place

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SOURCE: How to install trunk lid torsion bars

one of those bars come out of its bracket ( on my 89 cougar)
none of the local shops would touch it, no even the body shops.
so i just connect one end to the lid, like normal, then with a pry bar, pryed out the other end and put in a small block of wood (two by four) then released the pry bar. took another bite pryed it out again then added another block until i got the desired spring back into the torsion rod. yes that's (jury rigged) but my trunk works almost like it should. if you need i can send you a picture of what i did.

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one of those bars come out of its bracket ( on my 89 cougar)
none of the local shops would touch it, no even the body shops.
so i just connect one end to the lid, like normal, then with a pry bar, pryed out the other end and put in a small block of wood (two by four) then released the pry bar. took another bite pryed it out again then added another block until i got the desired spring back into the torsion rod. yes that's (jury rigged) but my trunk works almost like it should. if you need i can send you a picture of what i did.

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