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How to Replace Rear Hatch Support Struts 03-11 Honda Element

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  1. step : Removing the Rear Hatch Support Struts (0:22)
    • Pry out the metal retaining tab on each end of one support strut
    • Pull the joint off the mounting stud on each end
  2. step : Installing the Rear Hatch Support Struts (1:21)
    • The retaining tabs can be in the closed position
    • Push the support strut joint onto the mounting stud
    • Repeat the removal and installation steps for the other side

Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years.

Hi, everyone. Sue here at 1A Auto, and today I'm going to show you how to remove and replace your strong arms for the back hatch on a '06 Honda Element.

Start by opening the hatch. Bring it all the way up. Now, I don't know if the hatch is going to have some weight to it. The other arm I hold it up. But you see a metal tab here. Just get a little pocket screwdriver. I'm going to slide this tab out and down. There we go. Can do the same on the top side. Get that little tab, reach in there, pull that up and out. Now with the arm on the hatch, you're going to just pry that off. The bottom one came right off, but you see how that isâ??let's see if it's strong enough. Nope. We'll lower it shut.

So there's the little tab that you see, that I talk about. Now to reinstall, that tab can be in the down position, in the lock position. There we go. So now we install the bottom one first. I'm just going to line that right up and snap it right on. And at the top, you just pull the tailgate up, line it up. It snaps right on. Just repeat the process on the other side and you're ready to go.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

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