Symptoms of Bad or Failing Trunk Lift Support Shocks

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Cost of Replacing Bad or Failing Trunk Lift Support Shocks

Common signs include the trunk lid being hard to open, not staying open, or not opening at all. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Trunk Lift Support Shocks Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser $126 $55.96 $70.00 22% $163.46
2006 Nissan Altima $157 $87.06 $70.00 19% $194.56
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe $148 $78.36 $70.00 20% $185.86
2006 Audi A4 $286 $215.56 $70.00 11% $323.06
2004 Cadillac Escalade ESV $132 $61.56 $70.00 22% $169.06
2012 Ford Mustang $123 $53.16 $70.00 23% $160.66
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How to Diagnose Bad or Failing Trunk Lift Support Shocks?

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Before the introduction of spring loaded hood and trunk latches, and after the manual hood "stick" was used to prop hoods open, several cars, trucks, and SUVs made in the 1990s had a series of support shocks that prop the hood and trunk open for convenience. For mechanics, the spring loaded support shocks that kept a hood open was an added perk that allowed them to work on a vehicle without being afraid to hit that metal arm, causing the hood to close without notice. However, these springs were also available on the rear trunk. Like any other spring loaded component, they were prone to wearing out or being damaged for a multitude of reasons.

What are the trunk lift support shocks?

The trunk lift support shocks help to hold the trunk up when you are trying to take items out of the trunk or place them into the trunk. This upgraded feature on many cars and SUVs allows you to avoid having to hold up the trunk and can help you to get all of the things out of the trunk without having to make a lot of trips. Usually, the trunk lift support shocks were filled with gas, which provides the tension that is needed when trying to hold up the trunk. In some instances, the gas can leak out, which will render the lift support unusable.

Whether it was due to the materials they were made from or being hit by objects that the vehicle owner attempted to put into the trunk, punctures or leaks are quite common with these trunk supports. If the trunk lift support becomes damaged, they will need to be replaced by a mechanic who is familiar with the operation of these support lifts and has the right tools available to complete the task efficiently. When they fail or begin to wear out, they will show symptoms that should alert you that they should be replaced as soon as possible. Noted below are a few of these symptoms that might indicate that a problem with the trunk lift support shocks exists and that they should be replaced.

1. Trunk lid is hard to open

The shocks are filled with gases, most of the time nitrogen, which allows the shock absorber inside the support shock to keep the trunk open under pressure. However, in some cases, the gases build up too much pressure inside of them, which causes them to create a vacuum inside the shock. This makes it very difficult to open the trunk lid as pressure is attempting to close the lid as you're opening it. This is a problem that needs to be replaced by an experienced mechanic.

2. Trunk lid does not stay open

On the opposite side of the equation, a trunk lift support shock that has expelled its gas charge will have no pressure inside to keep pressure against the trunk. As a result, the trunk spring will not hold the trunk up and the trunk might lower itself if wind is blowing against it or the weight of the trunk itself causes it to close on itself. Again, this is a situation that can't be repaired; it must be replaced in order to fix the issue correctly.

3. Trunk lid does not open at all

In a worst case scenario, the trunk lift support shock will become jammed in the closed position, which will make it very difficult to open the trunk at all. This situation is incredibly rare, but the solution is to enter the trunk from the back seat and remove the bolts that secure the trunk lift support shocks to the trunk. This will allow the trunk to open and the mechanic can replace the broken or frozen shocks easily after completing this task.

If you notice any of the above symptoms, make sure to contact a local ASE certified mechanic to inspect and diagnose the problem you're having with your trunk. In some cases the issue is caused by a loose connection or fitting, while in other situations they'll have to replace the trunk lift support shocks.

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Tien

20 years of experience
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Tien
20 years of experience
Knowledgeable, honest, friendly and very professional.
2011 CHEVROLET EQUINOX - TRUNK LIFT SUPPORT SHOCKS - SAN LEANDRO, CALIFORNIA

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30 years of experience
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Excellent again!
2004 JEEP LIBERTY - TRUNK LIFT SUPPORT SHOCKS - PFLUGERVILLE, TEXAS

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27 years of experience
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Alexis
27 years of experience
He was on time, and the service was very good overall. However, some weird noise started after the job he did, although he warned me that it could happen.
2001 DODGE STRATUS - TRUNK LIFT SUPPORT SHOCKS - HIALEAH, FLORIDA

Ralph

31 years of experience
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31 years of experience
Super competent, nice person who clearly cares a lot about his work.
2004 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA - TRUNK LIFT SUPPORT SHOCKS - SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

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