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Marty, ASE Certified Technician
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How to remove and replace tailgate struts on a 1990 230 TE,

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How to remove and replace tailgate struts on a 1990 230 TE, I have already removed the plastic trims around the door frame. Lloyd.
Hi Lloyd, my name isXXXXX've attached all the instructions below for you.

Replace Gas Struts
Remove Trim Paneling
Remove Side Paneling

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hello Marty,


From the exploded diagram that you have sent it would appear that the gas strut is removed while attached to the hinge: however, on my 1990 230TE the part of the hinge bolted to the bodywork is in two parts; the "inboard" bolts are accessible whereas the "outboard" bolts although visible are not immediately accessible by any tool big enough to grip and turn them. The hinge attachment is of a different type to that in your diagram, please advise!


Best regards, XXXXX XXXXX

Hi Lloyd, you don't remove the hinges. The picture is just an exploded view of the parts. I have a link to a good diy with pictures that may help. Click here.

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