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Changing tailgate glass shocks on my 1992 525i touring

The tailgate glass for my 1992 525i wont stay up. I bought the shocks-struts for the glass, but I need to know how to remove the old ones. With the tailgate glass up it seems very difficult to get to. Please help

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  • anson123 Feb 02, 2009

    charlie 1221, Thanks for the quick response but I do not quite understand what you mean. Where would i pry off the shock and how would I get the new one on. With the tailgate glass up, looking down the chanel where the other end of the shock would go, it seems very difficult to clip the other end in.

  • David Shaub May 11, 2010

    The ball is mounted on the car, the socket end will pop off with some work.

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On the bmw's the shocks are bolted on with a torx bit . they have to be screwed off.

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What you have to do is prop the glass with a pice of wood or bar. their will be a clip you have to remove with a flat blade screw driver. Their will be a slot in the shock that the blade can slide under. Wear eye protection while doing this because the clip will come off with some force. After one end is off you should be able to pry the other side off with the levrage from the shock. The new one has a new clip and should take a some pressure to get it on.

Please contact me if your problem presists.

Thanks, Charlie

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