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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? trunk just unlocks when you try to open it. it doesn't pop up.

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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.

Posted on Feb 20, 2009


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