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
- 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.
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!