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    Default Trunk lid tension rods

    Hi,
    Does anybody have a procedure for reinstalling the tension rods that hold the trunk open? My new cat came with a broom handle to keep the lid up. I was able to get the rods reinserted in the hinge receivers, but lid still won't stay up. Any pics would help, too.
    Thanks,
    Dave

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    You have to make the tool, it was posted here try using the search to find it. It's basically a small length of pipe with holes and length of rope or wire... I used 6 gauge wire

    Be careful I almost lost my fingers messing with those freaking things

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    For the trouble, i'd just throw some shocks at it.
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    Yeah those things are wicked. All i did was lay in my trunk, ad force that thing in! Praying the entire time lol Those things have alot of tension. When the tension side that holds the hood open snapped, it shut my trunk so hard, i thought someone shot off a 12 guage. Now my trunk lid body lines are actually crooked.


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    I use a 6 inch 1/4" drive extension with a deepwell 10mm socket. Works every time.
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    I used a 12" long 1" diameter wooden dowel with a notch in it to pop the bar on the passenger side of mine back in the slot. Worked great and I still have all my fingers.
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    x2 for the 10mm socket/extension. done it many many times on all different kinds of cars.
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    after getting my fingers stuck in between the rod and the notch I use a small piece of pipe or the socket trick. I still have all my fingers by the way
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