removing rear shocks -- 300E
Did a search but turned up nothing, which leads me to believe I'm missing something very basic.
I've removed the top (in trunk) and bottom bolts from the shock, but there's not enough room to clear the top entrance hole to remove it, and I CANNOT hand compress it to give me room. In fact, I can't compress it at all.
These must be HD's because my replacements compress much easier and they're Bilstein comforts.
BTW, there's a number 5 on the bottom of the existing shock. My new ones have 2's. What do these #'s signify?
Thanks in advance!