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Old 07 Jul 2012, 09:55 pm
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Default replacing those pressurized things on the trunk

Guys, 2003 PT Cruiser's trunk/cargo thing isn't opening as well as it use to. It's even dropped down a little a knocked me on the head a couple of times.

Anyone have any tips on replacing those two pressurized things? Looking at them it looks a quick and easy job with a screw driver – is that in?

Where’s the best place to get two decent low cost replacements? I’ve seen some at Autozone for $18 each – anyone found anything less expensive? Or is there an easy way to recondition what we have?

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Old 07 Jul 2012, 11:25 pm
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Default Re: replacing those pressurized things on the trunk

they're called hatch struts and they did a world of difference on mine. check ebay, amazon, rockauto etc for the best deal. think i got mine from amazon.

i used a broom handle to hold the hatch a tad higher then unscrewed the nuts. they are torx, just don't remember what size.
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Old 08 Jul 2012, 01:33 pm
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Default Re: replacing those pressurized things on the trunk

for what it is worth, I have replaced only one on several occasions. They say you should replace both because the good one will wear out also, but I have found that not necessarily to be the case.
If it is not obvously leaking where you see the oil, when you disconnect each one you will be able to tell when try to compress them.
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Old 08 Jul 2012, 08:30 pm
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Default Re: replacing those pressurized things on the trunk

My 2003 PT hatch struts always gave us problems when it was cold outside. I finally ordered a set from RockAuto. That was a year or so ago. What a difference the new struts make.

Have someone who is tall hold the hatch door in the open position while you do one strut at a time. Be carefull when you screw in the new bolts because I almost crossthreaded one (due to a short wife not being able to hold up the door all the way).

I can't remember which set I got from rockAuto--but it was the middle-priced one.

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