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@005 Lexusrx330 need to replace rear lifts cause door comes down sags enough can hit head on door putting while putting things in back. How do I remove old lifts on back door and then how do I install the new ones I have purchased?
All you have to do to remove the rear lifts is first raise the lift and support it with a piece of wood such as a cut length of 2x4.I suggest supporting both sides evenly as to not twist the lift out of shape.At the end of each lift where they attatch is a socket and socket clip which snaps onto a steel ball.On the socket side is a clip that wraps around the end of the lift to retain the ball.On one of the sides of the clip should be a groove to allow a small flathead screwdriver to be inserted under the clip to allow the clip to be pried up a little to allow for the ball to be popped out.This should be the case for both ends of each lift.The lifts are sold at most major auto parts outlets and run anywhere from 25 to 85 dollars a piece.My advice is not to cut corners on price because with gas charged lifts you get what you pay for.The new lifts should just snap on without the use of any tools.Remove blocks and you should be in business.I hope this has helped you....
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You don't have to remove the panels, the lifts are held on with U clips at each end of the gas cylinder
Posted on Dec 04, 2008
in case you havent figured it out, or for the next person that needs help. . .
i needed to replace my rear window struts.
i stuck a flathead screw driver in each of the metal clips at each end of the strut and pryed them loose. the struts popped right off the mounts. i also unscrewed the rear speaker panel so i could remove the wire connecting the strut to the car (rear defroster?) and remove completely. i wanted to take the whole unit to the autoparts store and compare it to the new strut. when buying replacements, i noticed the new struts did not come with the electrical housing on the upper end, just a male thread. i was stumped because i couldnt get the housing off of the old strut . . .i didnt want to damage it trying.
i finally i got the nerve. all it took was a pair of channel locks (pliers). grip the rod tight enough to unscrew the housing from the rod. after breaking loose, it should come right off easily.
i realized after that i didnt need to open the speaker panel and disconnect the wire. i probably could have just unhooked the strut and unscrewed the housing (while the wire remained connected to the van), screwed the new strut back into the housing, and reattached the strut to the van.
installation is the opposite of removal. i also read on a few sites that its a good idea to replace them both at the same time.
Posted on Jun 30, 2009
prop the door with something or put a vise grip on the other side while doing one side, take a small flat screwdriver and pull up the metal tab on the shock end, the shock pulls off after that.
Posted on Jan 28, 2011
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