Seat Leon >> Gas shock absorber: removing and fitting


  • Fasten the tailgate with suitable equipment.

If the gas shock absorber is to be used again, take care. The elastic clips -2- should not project from the housing in case they become damaged. The damping would come out of the casing and could cause damage or injure the operator.

Bonnet, rear lid

  • Lift the spring clips -2- with a screwdriver and remove the gas shock absorber -3- from the bolts -1-.

After removing the shock absorber -3- refit the elastic staples -2- in position.


Fit in reverse order from removal, remembering the following:


  • After removing the gas shock absorber completely, make sure that it is fitted into the correct position.
  • The shock absorbing element must be fitted towards the side of the bodywork.

Releasing gas from gas strut

  • Clamp gas strut in vice in area x = 50 mm.


The damper can only be fixed to the bench in this area, because any other position may lead to damage

Always wear safety goggles and leather gloves.


  • Cover area of saw cut with a cloth.
  • Oil and cloths must be disposed of correctly.

- Cut the gas damper cylinder with a saw by the first third part of the total length of the cylinder, using the rod edge as reference.

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