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Dodge Durango Trunk Strut

Know When to Replace or Repair your Dodge Durango Trunk Struts

As a sports utility vehicle, the Durango has a cargo area at its rear that many people will call its trunk. This spacious storage area can be accessed by a door that opens upwards called a liftgate. It is able to do so as well as stay lifted overhead because of a pair of pneumatic struts. You might be among those who would affectionately call them Dodge Durango trunk struts, or you might call them liftgate struts, gas springs, or gas dampers. Whatever you call them, you'll need to know how to diagnose their symptoms correctly, so you can determine if you should attempt a repair or get a replacement. Otherwise, you might find yourself being hit in the head by the liftgate since it can't stay open on its own.

The liftgate quickly springs open or it closes slowly

Each time you open your liftgate, you're compressing the gas inside the trunk strut so that it stays up. Mineral oil dampens this movement so that the door doesn't open too quickly. If the liftgate starts springing outwards like a jack-in-the-box, then your struts have leaked out the oil. Conversely, if your liftgate starts closing slowly instead of staying up overhead, it could be because there isn't enough gas in the struts' chambers.

The dirty strut gave you a shiner

If your liftgate suddenly falls on you and gives you a shiny new bump on the head, then you're quite likely right to blame your dirty struts. If you haven't cleaned them regularly, they might have acquired a lot of dirt and grit over time. These added layers of grime make it harder for the strut to work properly. Cracks and scratches due to binder rod clamps might also break your trunk struts, so be careful when putting them onto your Durango.

The strut expanded and now it's stuck

If your trunk struts suddenly got stuck and you find it difficult to open or close the door, it could be because one of the struts expanded. You'll need to apply gentle force to it so it can compress back into its slider. Afterwards, you can remove this part easily and replace it with a new one.

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  • Tips on Getting the Best Performance from Your Dodge Durango Trunk Struts

    Even if you call them Dodge Durango trunk struts, the two pneumatic struts will still enable you to access your SUV's cargo area by opening and closing your liftgate. More than just glorified door hinges, they can also keep the liftgate raised up above your head so that you can have a bit of shelter from the elements. Each strut does so by simultaneously compressing gas with pistons that slide through their oil-filled chambers. However, they aren't immune to damages so you should do your best to maintain them. In return, your struts will always give their best performance.

    Do clean those dirty strut

    You need to periodically use a soft piece of cloth to clean your struts. The grime that builds up on them will not only make them dirty struts, it will also make them work less efficiently.

    Do polish your struts regularly

    Use a bit of wax to ensure that your trunk struts have a smooth surface that's free of nicks. Don't use anything that leaves a sticky residue behind, like oil or silicone. These can cause more dirt to stick to your struts.

    Don't wrap tape around it

    A surprise tailgating party isn't complete without a banner to announce what the occasion is for. However, you shouldn't attach your sign to your Dodge Durango's trunk struts with tape. Even if you take the tape off immediately, it can still leave a sticky residue behind.

    Don't squeeze them with binder clamps

    Don't use a binder clamp to affix that banner to your Durango either. A binder clamp can crack your trunk strut to and cause the gas and air inside it to leak outside.

    Do give your struts some support

    Replacing your Dodge Durango trunk struts require that you do so one side at a time. Instead of forcing the strut you're not working on to carry all of the liftgate's weight, you need to give it some support. Prop a long and hard tool-like a broomstick, golf club, or baseball bat-up against the side that needs support. Move it to the other side when you're done with the first replacement. In this way, you don't unnecessarily damage your struts.