1 Open the tailgate and support it using suitable wooden props.
2 At the upper end of each strut, lever off the balljoint spring clip. Compress the strut slightly by hand and then prise the strut balljoint from the Fiat Punto stud on the tailgate (see illustration).

Using a small screwdriver, lever off the tailgate strut balljoint spring clips

Warning: The strut may still be under tension and could extend suddenly once detached from its mountings.
3 Release the lower end of each Fiat Punto strut from the studs on the rear wings in the same way.


4 Refitting is a reversal of removal.