Toyota Sienna Trunk Strut: The Common Issues and How to Resolve These Problems
The trunk strut of your Toyota Sienna is designed to hold the trunk lid of your vehicle up once you open it. Through constant use, it will show signs of wearing down and eventually malfunction. If you noticed that the trunk of your car is getting more difficult to use, then you need to check the trunk struts immediately. Here are some of the common problems you might encounter.
Popping car trunk lid
This problem can occur if you have just replaced your Toyota Sienna trunk strut. What you need to do is to check the type of strut that you bought if it contains the recommended amount of pressure. If it has, then you can leave it there for a couple of weeks and observe if there's a gradual decrease in the pressure of the trunk struts. However, if after a few weeks the trunk strut is still too strong and you're having a hard time closing it properly, then you need to look for a more suitable replacement.
Car trunk lid closing down slowly
A trunk lid that closes slowly soon after it's opened only means that the trunk strut is worn-out. This is probably the most common problem encountered when a Toyota Sienna trunk strut is near the end of its service life. The best solution to this is to replace the old strut. You can try and look for aftermarket struts in auto parts stores at a reasonable price. You should consider, however, replacing both struts and not just the bad one. This will help distribute the pressure from the trunk lid evenly.
Leak coming from the trunk struts
When you notice that there's oil or gas coming from the trunk strut of your car, then it's probably a sign of a leak. The leak might be caused by an object that hit the strut which caused the seal to break. Dirt that accumulated on the surface of the strut may have also caused the damage. You can wipe off the dirt and the check the damage if it can still be repaired. However, if the crack on the seal is too big, then you need to find a new replacement because the oil inside will continue to leak until the strut is completely drained.