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Old 08-12-2002, 12:35 AM
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300E trunk lid springs , both sides, or one side only?

How many trunk lid springs are there on a 300E? One or two? The trunk lid on my 300E doesn't stay up all of the sudden. My girlfriend says she raised the trunk lid and heard a popping sound, and now it won't stay up. Looking at the right (passenger) side of the trunk, I see a very simple spring mechanism with a metal tang sticking outboard from the big hinge tube and a big spring hooked from that towards and anchor point further to the rear. Looking at the other (left, drivers) side, I see that the front of the hinge tube has a little rough hole like maybe where a tang could have been welded in the past, but now there isn't one and I don't find a tang or spring anywhere. I suspect that the tang broke off and the spring on that side came off, but I really, really can't find the spring anywhere. Before I go ahead and accept that it broke and the broken spring was abducted by aliens or disappeared through some weird quantum tunnel wormhole, I wonder if a fellow 300E owner would confirm for me that the 300E even has a trunk lid spring on the drivers side.
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Old 08-12-2002, 01:14 AM
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one spring on each side. easy and cheap fix.
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Old 08-12-2002, 11:26 AM
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Thanks for the confirmation, Joel. In my case, I think the fix might cost a bit because instead of the spring itself breaking, the weld appears to have broken on the bit the spring hooks on to. I'll have to see if there's anything left to hook onto, and if not I'll have to replace the hinge arm or weld a new thingy on there.
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