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I ordered the hood strut from Autohaus. When it arrived it is in the position of "half open". I could figure out how to get it to full 90 degrees, but not get it to close. Called Autohaus. They said you need a compression tool to get it to collapse. I did not see this step in any of the DIYs posted. Does anyone have instructions on how to replace the strut using this compression tool? Autohaus person said I could rent the tool locally. That is great but need to know how to use it first.

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I brought some new boot lid gas struts off Ebay- they fitted fine once I had worked out the spring clips and tried not to blind myself when I pinged them off
 

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she wanted hood not boot, fyi
 
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