Replace the Gas Lift on Your Car’s Hood
Avoid lift problems with this quick fix
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.
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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 2×4 to hold the hatch open—it’s not a safe alternative.
Remove the top portion of the gas lift first. Use a socket and a ratchet to remove the bolted-in-place variety; a screwdriver for the more common C-clamp style (Photo 2). Then perform the same procedure on the bottom connection. This happens to be one of those 100 super simple car repairs you don’t have to go to the shop for.
Required Tools for this Project
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.
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.