Gas lifts that hold up car hoods, trunks and rear hatches can wear out and become a problem, especially in cold weather. Here's how to fix the problem quickly and cheaply.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:October 2011
Lift the hatch slightly
higher than its normal
open position and have
a friend hold the hatch
up while you remove the
gas lift. Or lock it in place
with a lift support clamp.
Jam a flat-blade screwdriver into the depression
in the center of the C-clamp. Then pull
the gas lift off the ball stud. Reverse the procedure
to connect the new lift.
Worn gas lifts really lose their
“oomph” in cold weather. Why risk
injury from a falling hatch? You can fix
the problem yourself in 20 minutes. You only need a small
flat-blade screwdriver and a 1/4-in.
drive metric socket set.
Buy a pair of gas lifts (always replace
them as a pair) at an auto parts store.
Have a buddy support the hatch, hood
or trunk lid, or buy a lift support clamp
(shown is the Lisle 44870; available through our affiliation with amazon.com). Don’t rely on a 2x4 to
hold the hatch
open—it’s not a
top portion of
the gas lift first.
Use a socket
and a ratchet
to remove the
variety; a screwdriver
(Photo 2). Then
on the bottom
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
You'll also need a flat-blade screwdriver and a lift support clamp.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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