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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Hatch Shock Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

5 minutes5 mins

Tab:

$70 to $140

Talent:

*

Tools:

Screwdriver, moly grease, shop rag

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Parts Required:

Rear hatch shocks

Hot Tip:

Apply a dab of grease on each ball pivot

Performance Gain:

No more knocks on the head

Complementary Modification:

Replace rear wiper blade

Are you getting tired of having the rear hatch fall on your head? It's probably time to replace the shocks. This is among the most disposable of parts on the Volvo C30. They wear out - it's just a matter of time. Replacing the shocks is an easy task that should take no more than 5 minutes.

The C30 uses two gas-pressurized shocks to hold up the weight of the rear hatch. Over the years, the shocks wear and lose the ability to hold the weight, resulting in a hatch that won't stay up. Start by lifting up the rear hatch 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 shocks off the ball pivots. Now clean and lubricate each ball pivot with a dab of moly grease. The new shocks simply pop onto the ball pivots. Make sure you have the orientation of the shock correct. The thicker portion of the shock faces downward.

Shown here are the two rear hatch shocks on the Volvo C30 (green arrows).
Figure 1

Shown here are the two rear hatch shocks on the Volvo C30 (green arrows). It is useful to have a helper hold the hatch up when replacing the shocks.

Use a screwdriver to pop the end of the shock (green arrow) off the ball pivot on the rear hatch.
Figure 2

Use a screwdriver to pop the end of the shock (green arrow) off the ball pivot on the rear hatch.

Now pop the other end of the shock (green arrow) off the ball pivot on the body.
Figure 3

Now pop the other end of the shock (green arrow) off the ball pivot on the body.

Put a small dab of moly grease on both the upper and lower ball pivots (green arrow).
Figure 4

Put a small dab of moly grease on both the upper and lower ball pivots (green arrow). All that's left to do now is pop the new shocks onto the ball pivots. Make sure you have the shocks oriented correctly.

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Arty Comments: i have a 2007 5 door volvo and I cannot get the back door up.. I puch the unlock button I hear irt click. the door still does not open,, what do I do now? please help me ok thank you
December 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can remove the trim panel and manually open the latch moving the lever to open it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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