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Part number for the shock that holds the engine compartment lid open?

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For narrow body Coupes and Cabriolets:

996-512-551-03 Gas Pressure Spring -- US MSRP $48.96 each (1 required)

For wide body C4S Coupes:

996-512-551-04 Gas Pressure Spring -- US MSRP $48.96 each (2 required)

For wide body C4S Cabriolets:

996-512-551-05 Gas Pressure Spring -- US MSRP $48.96 each (2 required)

As I recall one ball socket and one clip over socket on each end.


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You can use this one as it is basically the same way to do it: http://www.renntech.org/forums/tutorials/article/124-front-trunk-strut-replacement/

Each ends of these deck lid shocks have a circular metal clip that you can pry open with a small flat screw driver that you insert in a groove under the clip but do not remove the clip as it is only there to apply pressure to hold the male part from the car. To remove, as you spread the clip, gave the shock end a quick push and it will easily come out. Repeat at the bottom end. For installing the new one, you just push it in at each end as there is no need to pry open the circlip, at least I didn't have to. While you are doing this, you can hold the engine lid with your left shoulder. Et voilà!


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If a "generic", i.e. Pep Boys or such, could do the same job, would anyone care to share the specs needed on the shock? Perhaps a brand and model number?

Most auto stores (and, specifically, Pep Boys) will have a reference guide to tell you which of their hood shocks is proper for front and rear of the 996.

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When I got my '04 CS4 a few weeks ago the left side strut was missing and it seems the ball pieces up and down that secures the strut

are missing. Been going round and round with Pelican to get these parts and the strut. Anyone ever replace these small pieces and if so where do you get them? Thx

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