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Replacement hatch strut problem

The replacement hatch strut for my '05Honda Odyssey won't compress or extend enough for me to get them on. I'm affraid to use too much force and end up having to spend more $$$ on replacing the replacement parts. Any suggestions?

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It is better to have someone help you hold up the hatch (very heavy). Remove the old struts, then install the bottom of the strut first. While moving the hatch up or down align the pin and snap in place.

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

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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.

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

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