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Replace struts on rear hatch door on 2005 Suburban

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    Replace clips

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    how do you get brake out of rear strut.



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The hatch lift struts are held in place buy a half moon shaped spring clip at each end, use a flat blade pocket screwdriver and pry the clips up to release the ball socket and remove the strut from the ball pivot screwed into the body.

Posted on Aug 07, 2008

  • cigsling Nov 21, 2010

    struts are 1 1/2" too long just cant keep em squeezed enough too put end on the half split ball cap



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