FAQs— Chrysler Lift Support
- Does my Chrysler lift support require maintenance to make it last long in service?
The good thing about lift supports is that they are among the several vehicle components that are maintenance free and do not necessitate greasing or any form of lubrication. The only way you can extend their good working performance and service life is to keep them clean regularly by wiping dirt off using clean cloth. You must also avoid some practices that could lead to lift support damage. Among such is leaving the engine bay or the trunk dirty or quite damp, which can cause rust on the metal components of your trunk or hood, including the lift support.
- I will be replacing the hatch lift support of my Chrysler. Any pre-installation tips that could help make my DIY task faster and easier?
Make sure you turn your Chrysler’s ignition off before starting with the task. Some lift supports come with window defogger electrical connector. If yours has one, you will need to disconnect the electrical fittings carefully. Also examine the lift supports that you are about to replace and determine the hardware that can be reused. You also need to have a buddy that can hold the hatch for you as you do your work. For your safety, avoid using just a prop rod or anything to hold the hatch up.
- My ride’s lift support comes with removable ball connectors. How can I remove and replace it properly?
You can uninstall this type of lift support by carefully prying the retaining ring, security lock ring, or the cap lock. Once the old lift support is out, you have to press the new lift support into the ball stud. Once the new support is in place, install the retainer carefully.
- My trunk lift support comes with retaining clips. Can these be reused?
It depends on the type of clips your lift support comes equipped with. If it has spring-type clips, then they can be reused. Remember that you must be careful when removing them so as not to lose or damage the clips. Spring-type clips easily pop off during removal, so if you’re not careful enough, they can be lost before you even know it. Plastic clip-on types, on the other hand, can be unsnapped with the help of a small quantity of leverage from a screwdriver. You can’t use the plastic clip, though, so make sure the lift support you’ll be purchasing already includes new clips.
- I will be working on the Chrysler lift support in my trunk, and it has a keyhole slot connector. Can it be easily removed?
Yes, this is actually among the types of lift supports that are very easy to replace. All you have to do to remove it is to slide the lift support in such a way that the keyhole slot can be lifted off the mounting stud. To put in the new lift support, you simply need to slide its keyhole slot over the mounting stud—it’s as easy as that, and you can enjoy using your trunk right away with its new lift support.
- Why is it recommended to finish the replacement and installation of one lift support first before dealing with the other one? Can’t I remove both of them first and then install them one after another?
There’s a valid reason why you are discouraged from removing both of your lift supports at the same time—this is to be sure that one of them will still provide the hatch with support and not rely solely on the hands of the one holding it while you do the replacement. After replacing one unit, chances are good that the new unit will provide the hatch with adequate support until you finish the installation. Your DIY buddy will surely thank you for doing that as his arm won’t have to bear the entire weight of the hatch as you carry out your DIY task.
- Is there a type of cleaner that I can use to get rid of dirt from the lift support?
There are no cleaners designed specifically for lift support cleaning. However, after wiping dirt off using clean cloth, you can apply a very small amount of wax to polish the rod and leave its surface smooth. Avoid using silicone or oil in cleaning the lift support, particularly the rod, as they can make the rod surface sticky and therefore attract grit and dust.