Chrysler designed the Sebring's trunk strut to be tough and reliable. It's responsible for holding the trunk door open, while you're loading or unloading groceries, luggage, and anything that can fit in the trunk. Since a Sebring's trunk strut is a gas-type strut, it's prone to wear-and-tear-just like most car parts. If you think that your car's trunk strut is not supporting the trunk well, it's time to check the strut, and do some troubleshooting. Below are some of the most common trunk strut concerns encountered by Sebring owners, and the factors behind them:
While driving your Chrysler Sebring, you hear sliding noises when making turns while driving. The noise seems to come from your car's trunk, and you can also hear the noise when you go over a speed bump. You check the trunk but your tools and the spare tire are all secure-the sliding noise might be due to a broken trunk strut. It could be loose securing nuts that are causing the noise. Open your trunk, and check if the struts are secure. You can use a socket wrench set to tighten the nuts. Also, if the struts feel loose, they might have lost their compression. If that is the case, then the entire assembly needs to be replaced.
If you feel that your car's trunk is heavier than usual or it's giving you resistance when opening it, it could be due to a tight latch on the trunk strut. Adjusting the latch bolts will reduce the resistance when lifting the Chrysler Sebring's trunk. When adjusting these bolts, make sure to slowly open and close the trunk lid to measure the right amount of resistance. Also, do not move the strut's latch when tightening the bolts. If the fix doesn't work, you might have to replace the trunk strut assembly.
Another common concern for some trunk struts is when the lid doesn't rise all the way. If you cannot raise the trunk all the way, the struts may be worn out. You can try to push the trunk lid all the way to see if it will rise. Replacing the worn out trunk struts is fairly easy because it's usually secured by a bolt or a pin-type ball socket.