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Keeping the lift support in your car in top condition is not only a matter of convenience; it's also a matter of safety. The said support is the component that keeps vehicle parts like the hood and the trunk properly supported and lifted when you hold them up. This eliminates the need to hold the hood or trunk up using your one hand while your other hand fumbles with anything underneath. This is especially helpful when you're working on something under the hood and you need both hands to perform the work. More importantly the lift support helps in keeping the hood and trunk up firmly. With proper support, the said parts remain stable. A damaged support can pose a safety risk. If the support is already starting to become unstable, it may fail anytime and cause the part that it's holding to bang down. Can you imagine the possible consequence if you find yourself working on something under the hood and the part suddenly falls down on you? Not a good possibility. So, replace a damaged lift support immediately. Check our complete selection of auto parts here at Auto Parts Warehouse and find the support that will work with your ride best. Once you find one, place your order at once.

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Replacing Worn-out Lift Supports

Your vehicle's lift supports are designed to wear out in 5 to 7 years. As time goes by, the pressurized from the lift supports escape through its seals. It loses its ability to hold up your trunk or hood; and factors like frequent opening or closing of the trunk or hood can shorten its lifespan. You will need an improvised support device, which proves to be dangerous.

Changing the lift supports is an easy task. We have prepared the steps and tools you need to replace them.

Difficulty level: Easy

Tools You Will Need:

  • Screw driver set
  • Wrench set
  • A pair of pliers
  • Replacement lift supports

Safety Reminders:

  • Make sure that you're working on a solid, level surface.
  • Have someone help you hold the trunk or hood up while you're removing or replacing the struts.
  • Always wear recommended safety equipment like closed-toe shoes, an industrial-grade dusk mask, safety goggles and gloves.
  • Check your replacement parts and make sure that they are compatible to your vehicle's make and model.

Step 1: Raise the trunk or lid and have an assistant help you hold it up. Check all the fastening bolts and clips before removing them.

Step 2: Lift supports are mounted in three different ways: bolted, clipped and metal spring-type clips. Use a socket wrench to loosen bolts and save the sleeves for reuse (these sleeves act as a pivoting bush). For strut clips, use a small screwdriver and set them aside. Be careful when removing metal spring-type clips because they tend pop-off and are easily lost. They can easily pop-off and make sure not to break them.

Step 3: Make sure to also remove any locking clamps with your screwdriver. Have your assistant hold the trunk or hood for support.

Step 4: Carefully remove the lift support from the trunk lid or hood.

Step 5: Check your replacement parts for any signs of physical damage before installing it.Insert the new lift support into the ball where the old strut was fastened to. For bolted types; use a socket wrench and applied the necessary torque to secure it. Use a flat-head screwdriver to snap the metal spring-type or plastic clips into its retainer.

  • Remove the other lift support and follow steps 1 to 6.

    Step 6: After installing both lift supports, close the hood or trunk lid slowly to test the installation. Make sure that it doesn't bind or bend-closes smoothly and fully.

    Lift support installation will take about 45 minutes for an expert DIYer and around an hour for a beginner. Roll up your sleeves and have fun!