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Pelican Technical Article:

Trunk Lid Shock Replacement

Jared Fenton

Tools:

Large screwdriver, moly grease, trunk support

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Trunk lid shocks

Hot Tip:

Lubricate the ball pivots with moly grease

Performance Gain:

Trunk lid stays up

Complementary Modification:

Replace brake lights

Are you getting tired of having your hood fall on your head? It's probably time to replace your hood shock. This is among the most disposable of parts on the VW Jetta. 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 five minutes.

The Jetta uses two 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 trunk lid and securing 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 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.

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 shocks off the upper and lower ball pivots (green arrows). Keep in mind that the procedure is the same for both the left and right shocks.

Carefully pry the trunk lid shock off the upper ball pivot by using a large screwdriver behind the attachment point (green arrow).
Figure 2

Carefully pry the trunk lid shock off the upper ball pivot by using a large screwdriver behind the attachment point (green arrow).

Carefully pry the trunk lid shock off the lower ball pivot by using a large screwdriver behind the attachment point (green arrow).
Figure 3

Carefully pry the trunk lid shock off the lower ball pivot by using a large screwdriver behind the attachment point (green arrow).

Put a dab of moly grease on the upper and lower ball pivots (green arrow) and then pop the new shocks on.
Figure 4

Put a dab of moly grease on the upper and lower ball pivots (green arrow) and then pop the new shocks on.


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