Sure Signs of Worn Boot Gas Shocks and Struts: Know When to Replace Them
Many components on vehicles are for luxury, but boot gas shocks are more than luxury items. If the components are worn, you can rest assured that the convenience of opening and closing the boot lid will be something of the past.
The boot gas shocks are made to last a long time. However, if the trunk has been opened and closed often during the lifetime of the vehicle, it can show signs of wear and tear. Indeed, just like any other components on the vehicle, the struts do eventually show signs of use and will need replacing.
Functions of Gas Shocks
The lift shocks have several important functions, such as:
- Reducing the strain needed to lift the boot
- Keeping the latch open.
- Preventing the latch from closing in strong winds.
- Preventing the open latch from being blown out of the frame by strong winds.
- Reducing the effort it takes to close the latch.
- Minimising rattling noises because of proper closure.
- Keeping the latch in the proper closed position during travelling.
- Preventing leakages because of proper sealing when the latch is correctly closed.
- Preventing dirt and debris from coming into the luggage compartment because of proper sealing.
Detecting a Leak
You can know that the vehicle’s boot gas shocks have a leak or have been worn to the level that replacement is essential if you notice the following:
- The boot latch stays open.
- You struggle to open the latch.
- The latch doesn’t stay open when it is cold.
- It is difficult to open the latch.
The shocks contain gas in the form of nitrogen. The nitrogen is what makes it possible for the absorber within the shock casing to provide support for keeping the latch or lid open. If there is too much pressure build-up, it can cause a vacuum inside the casing. This is what makes it difficult to open the lid since the pressure is causing it to close. If the gas has leaked out, then there is nothing to form pressure inside. So, the trunk cannot stay open since the spring cannot hold the lid in place. If the trunk lid doesn’t open at all, it can be the result of a jammed device.
If you notice any of the signs mentioned, it is time to replace them. Help is available. We fit struts and shocks on most vehicle makes and models. The products come with a two-year guarantee. Get in touch for expert service at your premises anywhere in Gauteng.