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August 31st, 2011, 1:45 PM   #1  
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Rear hatch wont stay up

My Mom has a 2003 Chevy Tahoe, problem is the rear hatch wont stay up. the two cylinders ? on the top dont seem to be holding pressure. is there a way to fix these or do they need to be replaced ? Any info will help,,,,,,,,,,PacaG

 
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August 31st, 2011, 2:14 PM   #2  
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I'd go with an aftermarket replacement as to avoid this same issue in the future.

 
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August 31st, 2011, 2:58 PM   #3  
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PacaG: Welcome to the forum.

Be sure to support the hatch w/ a 2X4 or equivalent as it is VERY heavy and could seriously eat your lunch w/o the gas struts.

 
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August 31st, 2011, 4:58 PM   #4  
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Search online

They are inexpensive and VERY easy to replace.

 
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August 31st, 2011, 8:16 PM   #5  
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Thanks everybody ! Looks like I found the number one site for friendly people and good info.......I will hit the parts stores tomorrow and get the struts hopefully for a quick fix thanks again.............. PacaG

 
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September 1st, 2011, 11:49 AM   #6  
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As stated, you can probably find the parts at your local auto parts store, if you need to find parts online, gm parts direct and rock auto are good sources as well as some of the sponsored link suppliers on the banners to the right ------>

 
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September 2nd, 2011, 9:48 AM   #7  
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Replace the pair

The same happened to my truck. I replaced both of them. It took less than 5 minutes to replace each of them. I purchased mine on eBay.........

Hood Tailgate Struts, SMALL ENGINE PARTS items in Auto Express Parts store on eBay!

Good luck!

 
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September 2nd, 2011, 9:56 AM   #8  
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I thought I was going to have to replace mine this past winter, turns out that they are fine it was just the cold was causing them to loose support, now that its regularly 100+ out they are fine. If they are not supporting the hatch in warm weather they are most very likely bad....

 
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September 3rd, 2011, 2:27 PM   #9  
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$45,,,,,,,10 minutes,,,,,,,,,,Good as new ! Thanks everybody ! PacaG

 
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September 3rd, 2011, 2:47 PM   #10  
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we are all glad you got it fixed, and thanks for posting back.

 
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