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7.3 Trunk

7.3.0 Trunk and Tailgate Lifter Failure
7.3.1 Station Wagon Tailgate Lifters Supports
7.3.2 Sedan Trunk Lifters Supports
7.3.3 Emblems on Trunk



Introduction

This section covers the replacement procedures for trunk and tailgate lifter supports. It covers the 140, 164, 240, 260, 740, 760, 940, 960 and S90,V90. The parts described here can be purchased in the following VLVworld.com catalogue pages:

7.3.0 Trunk and Tailgate Lifter Failure

Trunk and tailgate hydraulic supports will inevitably fail with time because the gas/oil mix inside leaks out with the years. Usually it will start falling down by itself on colder days in the fall. While a broken hockey stick or a broom handle will keep the trunk open, replacement struts provide more convience and are easy to install. We recommend changing both sides at the same time, however it is possible to change only one to save money. To figure out wich side is bad you must remove both lifters and compress them manually using your body weight and the ground. If one is definitely easier to compress then it should be changed. It is not always easy to figure out wich side is bad, both struts can still have quite a lot of pressure left inside even if the tailgate/trunk will not stay up. Note: the 140 wagons and 240 wagons up to 1978 have only one lifter, all other models have 2 lifters.

7.3.1 Station Wagon Tailgate Lifters Supports
  • Support the tailgate to keep it open, have an assistant or use a broom handle.
  • Remove the spring clips (pry off with a flat head screwdriver if required) at both ends. Some model are pressed in place on the car side, give it a blow with the palm of your end to release it
  • Keep all hardware since the clips and ball joint ends are not always supplied with the replacement. Dont throw away your old ones before receiving the replacements.
  • Detach strut from vehicle and put the new ones in starting with the mount on the car side. Then lift the tailgate all the way up and mount on the tailgate end, put the retaining clip.

 


740/760/940/960/V90 Tailgate lifter shown, the 140/240/260 looks mostly the same

7.3.2 Sedan Trunk Lifters Supports

140, 164, 240, 260 Sedan Trunk lifter Replacement

  • The lifter is not retained by any clip, it holds on by its own pressure. Look at the picture on the right, at the end of the tube you can see what looks like the head of a rivet. This is part of the lifter itself and cannot be undone. The hinge has a V shaped slot and the lifter pushes in the V.
  • To remove the lifter you must manually compress it enough to release one of the ends from the hinge or the back seat attachment. The rear end, closer to the back seat, can be compressed using a pry bar, get in the trunk to do it. Make sure you have an assistant to hold the trunk because once it releases the trunk lid will fall on you and you may be trapped inside
  • Another technique is to lower the trunk lid a bit, which compresses the lifters, then block the lifter in the compressed position using a piece of 2x4 and your own body weight or a pry bar. Have assistant lift the trunk lid quickly to release the lifter while you keep it compressed. VOLVO calls for a special tool SVO2739 wich is a C clamp that keeps the lifter compressed in the same manner.
  • To put the new lifter you must do the reverse, compress it enough such that it will engage in the V shaped slot on the trunk hinge.
  • The proper technique documented by VOLVO for inserting the lifter calls for a special tool SVO2744 wich is a vise to compress the new lifter, then re-use clamp SVO2739 mentionned above to insert the lifter on the car. Those tool are not commonly available and used by mechanics, it can be done with a pry bar and some strength .

 


140/164/240/260 Trunk Lifter

740 760 Sedan Trunk Lifter Replacement

  • Support the trunk lid to keep it open, have an assistant or use a broom handle.
  • Remove the spring clip on the hinge side shown on the picture. Pry open with a flat head screwdriver if required, then slide off. Keep the clip, the replacement may not include it.
  • Detach the rear end of the strut from the car, it is a hook that snaps in place, it will come off with a small upward blow.
  • Put the new part in the reverse order.

 


740/760 Trunk lifter

7.3.3 Emblems on Trunk


To remove the emblems from the vehicle heat the area with a hair dryer and 'floss' behind the emblem with a thin wire. Carefully clean off the remaining residue. Use a specially suited glue to reapply the emblem.

 

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