The Scan Tech gas struts for the trunk lid on my 142 are mostly dead, in spite of the fact that they have only been in use for 5 years. They won't hold the trunk lid up on their own; but, they have enough pressure left in them to complicate removal. I can't compress them by hand to get them out of their mounts. I have thought of using wire or cable ties to try and compress them. Unfortunately the clevis on the body side is so large that there is no room between the clevis and the car body to slip a wire or cable tie around the end of the strut so that I can pull it tight.
The struts are located in such a wonderful location making access a real treat. I have searched; but, have not been able to find a tool for compressing the struts to allow removal. Is anybody aware of a suitable compression tool? I am beginning to think that I may have to remove the trunk lid and then remove the trunk hinges from the body which would release the struts. I would really hate to do that because I would have to go through the panel alignment process again.
Has anybody been through this or have any suggestions for a tool that can be used to compress the struts?
I should add that my struts look like (and I expect are) the struts used on the 240s which do not have an exposed center rod. When I did the work on my car, these were the only style replacement struts that I could find for the 140.