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Replacing a hatch strut

How do I replace a hatch strut on a 2005 Honda Odyssey? Specifically, how do I get the old one off so I can put the new one on? Then how do I put the new one on?

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  • thomas_p4 Nov 28, 2008

    I also have an 05 Odyssey with bad tailgate struts. Wonder how much the dealer will charge to replace them.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    I would change struts and springs in the rear of my car and somebody looked at it and said I put them in upside down however I did not have any instructions with me I pulled the old ones out put the new ones in and put it all together I didn't know if there was a thing that might go wrong with putting them in upside down or if they're even upside down

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Don't pay the dealer to doit, this takes about five minutes and is very basic.

First prop the hatch up, the closer to full open the better.

Second, locate the spring retaining clip at each end of the strut.

Third, with a small point, flat blade screw driver, carefully pry the spring retaining clip loose from the strut end. It actually kinda slides in a groove until it's free of the strut end. Repeat for the other end of the strut.

Forth remove the strut from the vehicle.

Now you can install the replacement strut. Installation is reverse of removal; you should start with the retaining clips pulled back from the strut ends. attach one end, secure the retaining clip, then adjust the length of the strut and the height of the door until you can attatch the other end. I found that securing the bottom end of the strut to the body first made it easier to attach the top, instead of the other way around.

Also, a good place to look for parts is www.hondapartsdirect.com; best prices on new dealer, OEM parts as I have found anywhere.

Posted on Feb 22, 2009

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  • erimol Dec 24, 2010

    perfect, took me five minutes.

  • Steve Jun 05, 2012

    I would add, don't pry the retaining clip completely off. Sometimes that damages the clip and doesn't allow it to sit in the end correctly. Pry it so it is slightly away from the joint - it doesn't take much and then the clip will be well seated in the end.

  • Steve Jun 05, 2012

    I would add, don't pry the clip completely off of the strut. Pry it back a little - and the strut will come off. Same process for the new strut. Pry the clip back a little and when it comes onto the ball it will be well seated. If you pry the clip completely off you run the risk of ruining the clip -- which may ruin your day. The clips don't need to be removed completely - just lifted a bit.

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