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Trunk lid bars came off

Have a 1999 cavalier and the trunk lid bars came off when trying to adjust tension. Don't know how to put them back on so the trunk will work properly.

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Grab a pair of pliers and twist it forward, back onto one of the four spots. watch out though, because when they are pulled up the tension is insane and can snap back REAL quick. i have a hole in my arm from one snapping back and catching me on the forearm when i was installing a new sub box.

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