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Old 10-13-2004, 12:07 PM
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1989 300te rear hatch pistons...

1989 300te. As the weather gets cold, the rear hatch will NOT stay open. OUCH...right on my head. I could carry the broomstick around, but would like to have the pistons working. Will replacing the pistons in the rear hatch actually work? I would hate to spend the $$$ to find the hatch lowering on my head by itself.

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Old 10-13-2004, 09:57 PM
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Classic symptoms of loss of gas from tailgate struts. Always shows up at low temperatures first. Best fix is to replace both of them. It is a bit fidly to do but worth the effort. I did this job on my '90 300TE last year.
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Old 10-13-2004, 10:09 PM
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Yep, just replace both of them.

I believe I wrote-up the procedure, but if you're not comfortable have someone who's done it MANY times, do the install.

If done correctly, you don't have to remove the entire rear-hatch (do one side at a time).

Also, use ONLY Mercedes OE parts, not OEM parts (e.g., FEBI/Bilstein).

I tried OEM, and had to replace them 2-years later.

:-) neil
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