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I've done the search - but can't find the 2 cents fix for the trunk lid - it sounds silly but I can't get the rubber spring thing apart - can anyone help?
 

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Rear Hatch Opening Fix HOW-TO
By: flynnibus

Disclaimer:
I am not responsible for any misinformation in this document or any damage that may occur to your vehicle from following this document. Consult your service manual for specific Nissan recommended instructions.

Introduction
Many 350z's suffer the same fate mine did. It usually starts when it starts getting cold; you would hit the trunk release, and it would pop, but would still be caught, requiring a second press of the release, or worse, a slight lift up and then hitting the release again. Usually this starts out intermittent, and gets worse over time. The dealer even replaced my struts, and the problem returned within a year. Nissan finally issued a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) over the problem, NTB04042, which instructs the dealer to replace the lifting springs. This DIY fix works just as well, and saves you a trip to the dealership.

Tools Required
Recommended Extras
Small Slot Screwdriver
Supplies Needed
4 US Pennies

Start
The culprit of this task is the small boot covered springs located on the underside of the rear hatch. There is one spring mounted near where the hatch struts attach.

Rear Hatch Springs
Remove one of the springs by simply grabbing it at the base, and twisting it either direction 90 degrees. The tabs that hold it in place will become free and you can remove the entire assembly from the hatch.

Next you need to pull the boot off the spring. The boot is simply stretched over a lip on the base of the spring. Pull the rubber back away from the base and down away from the base of the spring, working your way around. Once you break the seal, it will come off much easier. This is where the small screwdriver may come in handy if you are having a problem breaking the seal from the base. Boot pulled away from base. Note the lip at the bottom of the black plastic

Once the boot is free, remove it completely from the spring. Take two of your pennies, and place them flat at the bottom of the inside of the boot.

Simply drop the spring back into the boot, and stretch the top of the boot back over the lip of the spring base. Be sure to pull boot up all the way around so its over the lip and snug.

Be sure to pull boot all the way back up to the black tabs
Once the boot is secured and even all the way around, simply insert base of spring back into hole in rear hatch, and turn 90 degees to lock in place. Repeat the same steps with the spring and boot for the other side and you're done!
shut the trunk, hit the release, and rejoice in the magic that is a trunk that opens every time!
 

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Here you go:

Here is a very simple fix for the rear hatch not opening and it costs just 4 cents....
1. remove the springs on the car you can just twist and pull it to remove them 1 on each side under the hatch.

2. Now that you have them off twist and pull till the top part seperates from the bottom once more

3. Now drop 2 pennies on each one as the picture shows. After the pennies are in you must now push the pieces together till it comes together and then replace the springs back in..
 

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Thanks guys - I wasn't twisting it enough. Works great. Now all I need is a remote trunk opener. (Aussie deliveries don't have it)
 

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get one on ebay, take it to the dealer, takes about 15 minutes to get coded to your car.
 

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also, the rear hatch struts (shocks) are not of the caliber to support the additional weight of most wings. Typically the OEM NISMO kit comes with the sturdy struts but here are the part numbers for the sturdy set.

90452-CD710
90453-CD710
 

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Thanks for those numbers - I will order them. What I would really like is to press the remote button and have the trunk rise open by itself. (I'm often carrying things in both arms).
 

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I posted that fix a while ago on my350z site. I can't believe it still is floating around.
 

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Originally posted by skar718@Jun 16 2005, 10:04 PM
I posted that fix a while ago on my350z site. I can't believe it still is floating around.
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well it works.. of course its still going to be floating around.. i used it about 6 months ago..
 

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Yah but it works better when it is warm...Dunno is that the case for you also
 

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i am having this problem with my girl's car except once i finally have it open it still won't stay up...with this diy work for me or do i need to get the springs? thanks
 

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Ryan - you need new struts - those are what keeps the hatch up. The penny trick is to get it to release all the way. I'm up to 2 nickles in mine, lol. And it still hangs up in the cold. :dunno:
 

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Ryan - you need new struts - those are what keeps the hatch up. The penny trick is to get it to release all the way. I'm up to 2 nickles in mine, lol. And it still hangs up in the cold. :dunno:
Thanks PerfZ...is there a site that i can order these from or will i have to go to a dealer? :)
 
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