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Title: Mk5 Golf Gti Boot Strut Problem!
Post by: MMH664 on September 10, 2012, 02:06:51 pm
Hi there,

My first post, it looks like a good forum! I have just bought an 05 plate Mk5 Gti, and need some help!

Last weekend, I opened the boot. The right hand strut ripped itself out of the body! The bolt with a ball on the end, onto which the strut fits litteraly ripped out! See this pic (sorry if it's a bit big, but wanted to show the detail):
(https://www.mk5golfgti.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fdaz.co%2Fmedia%2FMMH664%2FMMH664_Golf%2FIMG_0927.jpg&hash=fceee04fa3a969c246fb0cebb1ec4c8ba14379ae)

I took it to a garage today. They said they couldn't get any access behind the panel, to secure the bolt with a nut. The didn't want to weld it, in case it damaged the paint (also it wouldn't look very neat).

I've searched around on the net, and I've found two other people with the same problem, but I can't seem to find any solutions.

Any thoughts?

If not, the next step I'll try a main dealer I guess.

Thanks,

Alex
Title: Re: Mk5 Golf Gti Boot Strut Problem!
Post by: bacillus on September 10, 2012, 02:53:07 pm
Assuming that the end screws into the body panel then the only solution I can think of is to install a nutsert/rivnut that the strut can screw into. You may have to enlarge the original hole by drilling to accept the nutsert.
This is how the nutsert works without having to go behind the panel.

Title: Re: Mk5 Golf Gti Boot Strut Problem!
Post by: MMH664 on September 10, 2012, 03:45:52 pm
Thank you, that's a very helpful reply. I might speak to the garage again and see if they have one, but I'm also very tempted to get the tool and give it a go myself!
Title: Re: Mk5 Golf Gti Boot Strut Problem!
Post by: bacillus on September 10, 2012, 08:07:17 pm
Thank you, that's a very helpful reply. I might speak to the garage again and see if they have one, but I'm also very tempted to get the tool and give it a go myself!

You don't actually have to use that particular tool as you can improvise your own.
This is what E30Dom used on another application. http://www.r32oc.com/topic/15208-just-fitted-my-unibrace/#entry166560

Title: Re: Mk5 Golf Gti Boot Strut Problem!
Post by: richyc on February 15, 2015, 02:39:17 pm
MMH664, did you fix this problem? It has happened to my GTi!
Title: Re: Mk5 Golf Gti Boot Strut Problem!
Post by: Flyingscotsman on April 13, 2017, 08:38:50 am
I have this problem with the strut mount nut lost inside bodywork.
Has anyone resolved this with a rivnut or other method.
Rivnut looks like good solution but I can see access issues for a drill if hole needs enlarging.
Thanks !