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How to install boot struts on a MK2 Mondeo?


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#1 smudger2468

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 09:03 AM

I have just purchased new boot struts for a Mondeo MK2. Could someone please tell me how I can find out how to fit them myself? Ideally pictures would be great.

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#2 MScotts

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 09:20 AM

If you look at either end of the struts fitted to your ca you'll find a metal retaining clip at each attachment end (the 'bal'-joint'). Remove them with a flat blade screw driver then the strut wil simply pop off. Fit those clips to your replacement ones, but don't slide them on fully. Once you've got the strut popped in place use the screwdriver or pliers to get them into the right 'locked position, as-per what they looked like before you removed them.

Note of caution. The tailgate is a heavy bugger and could caus injury if it came down on you, so do the struts one at a time and even then, perhaps find something to prop it open (like a broom handle) whilst you're doing the job :L
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#3 jenks

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 09:00 PM

You can fully fit the retaining clip onto your new struts before fitting and they will still push onto the knuckle bolt/mounts.
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#4 MScotts

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 09:02 PM

Good point that mate... I've always done the 'partial fit', but will try the fully-fitting method next time :L
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Posted 25 May 2008 - 10:31 PM

Yeh, That way they just snap straight on.

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#6 jenks

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 08:09 PM

Thats the way we fit them at work so I know its ok as I have fitted thousands like that.
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