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Trunk Lid Shock Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Trunk Lid Shock Replacement

Jared Fenton

Tools:

Large screwdriver, moly grease

Applicable Models:

Audi A6 (1997-04)
Audi A6 Quattro (1997-04)
Audi S6 (2002-03)

Parts Required:

Trunk Lid Shocks

Hot Tip:

Lubricate the ball pivots with moly grease

Performance Gain:

Trunk lid stays up

Complementary Modification:

Replace license plate lights

Are you getting tired of having the trunk lid fall on your head? If so, it's probably time to replace your truck shock. This is among the most disposable of parts on the Audi A6. They wear out - it's just a matter of time. Replacing the trunk lid shocks is an easy task that should take no more than 20 minutes. The procedure is the same for both left and right side shocks.

The Audi uses gas-pressurized shocks to hold up the weight of the trunk lid. Over the years, the seals in the shock will wear and the shock loses its ability to hold the weight, resulting in a trunk lid that won't stay up. Start by lifting up the front trunk lid, and secure it using a long stick or have a friend hold it up. Make sure that this support is mounted securely. Pop each end of the hood shock off the ball pivots. Now clean and lubricate each ball pivot with a dab of moly grease. The new shock simply pops onto the ball pivots. Make sure you have the orientation of the shock correct. The thicker portion of the shock faces upward.

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Replacing the trunk lid shocks is literally a snap.
Figure 1

Replacing the trunk lid shocks is literally a snap. You'll need to support the trunk lid with a large stick or have a helper nearby as you pop the shock off the upper and lower ball pivots (green arrows).

Carefully pry the shock off the upper and lower ball pivots by using a large screwdriver behind the attachment point (green arrow).
Figure 2

Carefully pry the shock off the upper and lower ball pivots by using a large screwdriver behind the attachment point (green arrow).

Clean the upper and lower ball pivots and then apply a dab of moly grease on the upper and lower ball pivots (green arrow).
Figure 3

Clean the upper and lower ball pivots and then apply a dab of moly grease on the upper and lower ball pivots (green arrow). Then just pop the new shock on in the same orientation as the old one.

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