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2008-2010 Audi A3 Sportback Hatch Lift Supports Replacement

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    • The lift supports of the rear hatch assist in the opening and closing of the hatch as well as hold the hatch open. They are thin, black suspension modules connecting the hatch to the main body on either side of the trunk opening.

    • The second photo shows an example of a busted strut due to rust. If your strut looks like so, replacing it is a good idea.

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    • Before starting, be sure to disconnect any electrical connections. (see the introduction for full details and precautions)

    • Open the hatch and ask your helper to keep it open.

    • Start with the bottom connection of the strut. Slide the flat-head screwdriver into the slit and you should be able to easily slide it between the metal belt and the joint. Then remove the lower connection away from the ball joint.

    • Ensure that your partner is holding the hatch door securely up, as disconnecting the strut will increase the weight bearing down from the door.

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    • These steps are the exact same for the bottom joint

    • Slide the flat-head screwdriver between the metal belt and the joint piece and gently push back the metal belt.

    • Once the belt is pulled back, pull the strut away from the ball joint connecting it to the car.

    • Pull the strut away from the lower ball joint and remove the strut, ensuring that your partner is holding the hatch door steady.

    • During reassembly, be sure to pry back the metal belts on each end of the strut before affixing them to the ball joints. The metal belts have a spring action, so you may need to pry them as you place them on to the ball joints, but be sure that the metal bar is pressed back into place so that the struts are firmly connected.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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