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Honda Civic Hatch Strut

Signs to Know When to Replace Your Honda Civic Hatch Strut

When loading your groceries onto the back of your Honda Civic Si hatchback, the hatch struts keep the lift gate up and prevent it from banging on your head. The hatch struts also allow easy access to the rear compartment of the vehicle, making you open the hatch without that much effort. They are gas springs that consist of piston, piston housing, piston rod, seals, and the steering. They are filled with nitrogen gas and some amount of oil that allow for the systematic assisting when opening as well as the dampening when closing the hatch. Unfortunately, though, the Honda Civic hatch strut is not exempted from wear and may go bad over time. Here are the most common signs that tell of your need to replace them soon.

Difficulty in opening the hatch

Your Honda Civic hatch strut aids you in lifting up the tailgate so that you will only use a minimum amount of effort. But without the pressure from the piston, lifting the hatch up is going to be such a cumbersome task. When nicks and other elements that attract dust and grit stick to the rods, these can create damage to the seals and the piston. This reduces the pressure and hence, renders the struts ineffective in helping you open up the hatch.

Slamming hatch

If at the next time you put your groceries or any other load at the back of your car, you experience the slamming of the hatch on top of your head, it means that you seriously need to replace them. This is because of the loss of hydraulic pressure in the struts that results in an unsupported hatch.

Another cause of this is the presence of moisture in the struts. Even the smallest hole will allow water to enter the corners of the hatch and affect the hatch struts' ability to function properly. So even if the piston elements are all still in great condition, if the rods get wet with water or whatever liquid that breaks in through the seams around the hatch, trying to keep it open while loading or unloading your stuff will be an impossible charge.

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  • Tips for Taking Care of Your Honda Civic Hatch Strut 04 March 2014

    Your subcompact Honda Civic hatchback is always a convenient transport for errands such as buying the groceries and even picking up your dry cleaning. Providing easy access to the hatch, it allows for minimal effort in opening it and no worries in keeping it open overhead. But as with most car parts, the Honda Civic hatch strut is not at all exempted from wear and tear. Fortunately, there are some useful tips you can follow to prolong the useful life of the struts. Check out the following simple maintenance measures to keep your hatch struts working effectively at all times.

    • Keep the rods smooth, clean, and polished.
    • You will be able to substantially boost the service of your car's hatch struts by regularly cleaning the strut rod. Be sure to clean it up before closing the hatch every time you use it; this is to get rid of any nicks and oil that can attract dust and grit. So for you to avoid using a baseball bat or a giant umbrella to keep the hatch up, you had better keep the strut rods clean and polished. After wiping out the dirt on the surface using a clean rag and some cleaning agent, you can apply a small amount of car wax every now and then to keep the surface smooth. Doing this will save the seals of your Honda's hatch struts from scratches, hence preventing oil and nitrogen run offs.Remember, do not use any abrasive cleaners when cleaning the rods, because they might scratch the surface. You can use the cleaning products you use to clean your sunglasses.
    • Prevent leaks in the hatch strut area.
    • When it rains, water runs down the roof drain channels, and at times, water accumulates in the strut area. If the seam sealer is out, the water goes straight to the hatch strut area. The corners are almost always infiltrated with leaks and it is where the hatch struts are located. To prevent leaks and avoid having water running through the inner side of your Honda Civic's hatch, you may use silicone to seal up the seam sealer.