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If the car you drive around is a hatchback, chances are more auto components help you access your car's rear cargo space. Aside from a set of hinges along the tailgate's top, a hatchback's tailgate also often comes with a set of hatch struts.A hatch strut is designed similarly to the hydraulic hood lift; the strut comes with a thin steel tube, along with another tube that contains hydraulic fluid. The thinner steel tube actually lifts the tailgate up, while the hydraulic fluid helps keep the tailgate in an open position.Most hatchback owners don't pay much attention to the hatch strut, only paying attention to the part when it doesn't work anymore. So if you don't want the hassle of manually holding up the tailgate with one arm while loading cargo with the other, keep your car's hatch struts in good shape.If you need of a new set of hatch struts, you're in the right place. Carparts offers you a wide selection of aftermarket hatch struts for your car.

• Hatch struts give you easier access to your car's rear cargo space.

• Our hatch struts are engineered to develop less leaks.

• Our hatch struts are designed to fit most hatchback models.

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  • Installing Hatch Struts in 4 Easy Steps

    If you have been experiencing some difficulties with struts that would not hold up your hatch properly, or if your hatch feels heavier than usual and slams as it closes, then it's time to check out some replacement hatch struts. Most hatch struts use a pressurized inert gas to spring up the hatch and some mineral oil to damp this spring force. The most common cause of faulty hatch struts are damaged multiple-lip seals that allow the pressurized gas and mineral oil to leak out of the struts. Replacing your hatch struts is a fairly easy and straightforward task.

    Required skill level: Novice

    Needed tools and materials

    1. Screwdriver set
    2. Wrench and socket set
    3. A helping hand (or something to support your hatch as you install the hatch struts)

    Getting your hatch ready

    Prepare for the task by having a helper support your hatch. If no one is available, you can prop it up using several household items such as a step ladder and some pillows, a broomstick, or something that will securely hold the hatch open as you work.

    Removing the mounts on the hatch struts

    Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, your hatch struts is probably secured in place by bolts, clips, or pins. Use a flat-head screwdriver if your hatch struts are secured by clips. If the struts are bolted on, use the appropriate wrench and socket size to remove the bolts.

    Installing the new hatch struts

    Install the new hatch struts in a similar fashion as the struts that you have just removed. Make sure to securely fasten the mounting bolts, clips, or pins. Also, remove any grease or debris after installing the new struts to protect the seals from getting damaged again.

    Testing the hatch

    Test the installation by opening and closing your hatch a couple of times. Look out for a hatch that twists or doesn't open smoothly, or one that still feels a bit heavy when closing.

    Tips and warnings

    • Always replace your hatch struts in pairs even if only one of them is actually damaged. Hatch struts work better when they are both in the same condition.