How to Spot the Culprits behind Ford Probe Hatch Strut Defects
Your Ford Probe hatch strut is a component that you should not neglect. You may hardly notice it, but the hatch strut performs a very important function. It supports the weight of the hatch, so it won't fall down while you're stuffing your cargo inside the trunk. Though sometimes, no matter how much you take care of it, the hatch strut fails. This happens due to several factors. To find these culprits, here are the steps to follow:
Weak load support
When you notice that your trunk keeps on falling, it means that your hatch struts are becoming weak. Struts eventually show symptoms of weakness if you've been using them for a really long time. But still, you have to verify if this is the real cause of the problem. Inspect the hatch struts closely to determine their true condition. In doing this, you need someone who can assist you. Ask the other person to hold the trunk for you while you're checking the struts. Try to move the mounting of the piston rod gently. If the rod seems to wobble a lot, it means that it has already come loose. That's the reason why it can no longer bear the weight of the trunk.
If you've been hearing a lot of squeaking sounds every time you open the trunk, you must check the hatch struts, especially the housing tube, for corrosion. Rust increases the friction between the piston rod and the metal tube. Because of that, a loud squealing noise is produced when the rod glides on the tube. Check for rust by inspecting the tube. The tube is usually coated with paint for smoother finish. If you see that the paint is already chipping, the hatch strut must be removed and replaced.
Some hatch struts are hydraulic struts. It looks the same as normal struts, but hydraulic hatch struts have a small cylinder that contains a special gas or liquid. This liquid or gas acts as dampener that enhances the ability of the strut to withstand pressure. But severe stress can break this cylinder. When this happens, the liquid inside will seep out. To check for leaks, simply feel the edges of the cylinder with your fingers. If the corners of the cylinder are filled with fluid, then it's positive that your hatch struts are leaking. Replacing the struts is thing that can fix the problem.