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Old 09-06-2022, 02:55 PM   #1
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Default A question about trunk torque rods

The trunk lid on my car barely moves when I unlock the trunk. I was trying to order new torque rods PN 21170234 and found them discontinued. I was wondering if I removed them, would it be possible to twist them to try to get some tension back in them, or has the metal weakened where it would lose itís springiness. Has anyone come up with a way to add springs to get the lid to pop open?
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The trunk lid on my car barely moves when I unlock the trunk. I was trying to order new torque rods PN 21170234 and found them discontinued. I was wondering if I removed them, would it be possible to twist them to try to get some tension back in them, or has the metal weakened where it would lose itís springiness. Has anyone come up with a way to add springs to get the lid to pop open?
There may be an adjustment for them, I believe there are a few slots they can be hooked into.
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Default Re: A question about trunk torque rods

They are adjustable. Pretty sure 3 spots. I believe the spoiler equipped models had higher factory tension than non-spoiler trunks but I never paid attention to any difference. The ones I remember seeing were always in the middle, no idea if up or down is higher tension.

I've never tried to adjust them either. Safe to say there's a fair bit of pressure on them so keep your fingers out of possible pinch/whack zones.
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Default Re: A question about trunk torque rods

it's also worthwhile to ensure the trunk swings up freely. if you feel significant resistance when lifting it by hand, some penetrant oil at the hinges, followed by grease after a few lift-close cycles, is very much in order.

maybe obvious advice but sometimes the obvious is what we get the most hung up on.

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Default Re: A question about trunk torque rods

My torque rods are already on the "highest" setting from adjusting them throughout the years. I was able to obtain 1 new torque rod P/N 21170235 through EBAY. Previously I have tried 2 dealership websites that showed it, but after the order was placed, in a couple of hours it was canceled due to the part bring discontinued. I saw one other site, and before ordering it, I sent them an email asking if they already had it in stock. So far no one replied back. I might as well try ordering it and at least I will know soon enough after that. One new torque rod made the truck pop up a little more than before, but I would like to improve it if possible.
Getting new parts is just part of having an old car I guess!
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