A lift support is a tubular arm, usually bolted or clipped in, that helps you open your vehicles hood or trunk more easily. Having one is ideal for when you're running inspections, doing repairs, or loading a cargo hold. They use a compression system for support. For instance, there's a gas-charged type that pressurizes gas inside a cylinder, storing a charge of up to 1,500 psi. Open it, and it releases energy that holds up the panel the lift support is installed for. Over time, exposure to extreme temperatures can wear one out, not to mention that frequent use can. If yours has difficulty holding up a hatch, you probably have a loss of gas pressure on your hands; it means its struts may be faulty. In that case, you should replace the lift support entirely.
When Do You Replace a Lift Support?
The simple answer: when it's not working as well as it used to. Otherwise, be sure to do it every 5 years or so. Also, be sure to reinstall the right type -- a hood lift support for a hood, a trunk lift support for a trunk, and so on. That'll ensure you don't have operational problems. Doing so easy - all you need is a few screwdrivers and wrenches and a pair of pliers. As for which lift support to buy, choose nothing less than genuine OEM. Mopar lift supports get made for your make and model specifically, so they'll be guaranteed to fit it. You can buy one at our auto parts counter. Better yet, you can order it online. Do it today and we'll ship immediately, right to your door!
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