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How To Replace Rear Hatch Support Strut 03-12 Volvo XC90

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  1. step : Removing the Hatch Support (0:15)
    • Support the hatch with a piece of wood or have an assistant support the hatch
    • Pry off the clip at the bottom of the hatch support with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull off the bottom of the hatch support
    • Pry off the clip at the top of the hatch support with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull off the top of the hatch support
  2. step : Installing the New Hatch Support (1:50)
    • Load the clips into the hatch strut
    • Push the bottom of the hatch strut into place
    • Push the top of the hatch strut into place

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On the tailgate of your XC90, it's held up, when you put it up, by a couple of gas-charged shocks. You can see, actually, the tailgate on this vehicle is still fine, but we're going to take these off, put them back on, just to show you how to do it. Like I said, they're gas-charged, so if they get a leak, the gas will leak out of them, and then they'll cease to be able to hold up the tailgate, and you'll get a broom handle or something like that to help you out. They're very easy to replace. At 1A Auto we sell the replacements. I'll just take this one off. Our replacements go on just like the originals. You just need a small, flat blade screwdriver, and either somebody to help you out or your broom handle to hold up the tailgate.

There's a little clip here that you put your screwdriver down into, and you pry that clip out. Sometimes you need to bring it all the way out. The strut comes off. Do the same thing at the top. You can see the little slot. Lean over and see the little slot where the clip is. Pull that clip out, and it comes off. Now the tailgate is pretty heavy.

Again, my original one here is fine, so I'm going to put it back on. Make sure that clips back in. With these clips, if you need to put them back in, sometimes it's easier to load them right from the top. This has actually a little . we'll make sure that top clip is back in. This bottom clip we've got to load back on because we're just going to put this original one back on because it's working fine. Then, like I said, the new ones from 1A Auto, they work just like this. If you need to put the clip back in, it's easiest to just load it right from the top. Let's see, you just got to get one side in, stretch the other side over, and slide it down on. Then, very easily, take your new one from 1A Auto. Actually, this goes right up here and then you just pop it right on. You might have to lift it just a little higher to put that bottom one on.

If you have lifts that don't quite pull it up, I always do recommend that you replace them in pairs. If your lift struts are having trouble holding it up, we always recommend replacing them in pairs, because it's always hard to see which one is actually the one that's leaking, sometimes. Once you replace them, you're all set.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Assistant

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Block of Wood

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

2003 - 2014  Volvo  XC90
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