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Unread 11-22-2008, 09:25 AM   #1
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Default trunk struts

im trying to replace the trunk struts but i cant get the struts to line up with the ball mounts becuase the strut is fully extended. the ball mounts do not come off either ive double checked all the hinge work and everything. what am i missing? on a cadillac cts 03
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Unread 11-22-2008, 10:43 AM   #2
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If it's after market read the instructions sometimes there is a trick if it'soem then you need to compress the strut normally attach one side of the strut press done on the other and fit if it's to tight then attach the strut and use the trunk lid closing on the other end for extra force to help collapse it the try to slide it into place. Normally they come with a plastis cable holding them pressed to gether to install then cut off after finish.

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Unread 11-22-2008, 12:49 PM   #3
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If the struts don't have a plastic retainer, loop a couple of plastic zap straps together.
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