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Replacing lift supports in a hatchback vehicle

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Owners of hatchback vehicles buy them for a reason. They use them a lot for transporting a variety of objects, which is why the gas-lift supports may eventually wear out.

The good news is that it’s an easy, quick and relatively inexpensive fix that you can do yourself. New lift supports for most makes and models are generally readily available at a local auto parts store, and you can replace them with nothing more than a flat-blade screwdriver.

If you can enlist the help of another person, replacing the lift supports is easier, notes the National Automotive Parts Association. He or she can hold the lift gate open while you work. If you’re working solo use a broom handle or other long object to prop it open.

Using your screwdriver, release the flat bale clip that holds the support onto its post, whether top or bottom, instructs NAPA. Do the same for the other post.

It’s a good idea to stick some painters tape around the area where the strut is attached in case you need to use a pry bar to pop the strut off of the ball stud, says NAPA. This will protect your car’s finish from possible scratching.

In this next step, you’ll place the new support into position and snap the post into the mount on the support. (It doesn’t matter in which order you do this.) Then repeat for the other post.

Finally, pop the new strut onto the ball stud and release the clip. Then do the same for the other stud. Follow the same steps for the second support, if your vehicle has two. When you’re finished, make sure you let the liftgate down slowly to make sure it’s attached correctly, adds NAPA.

 

Douglas Automotive : 123 E. Virginia, Crystal Lake, IL 815.356.0440 : 417 W. Main Street, Barrington, IL : 847. 381.0454 : 416 Northwest Highway, Fox River Grove, IL : 847.639.4552 : www.douglasautomotive.com

 

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