Why and How to Take Care of Hood Shocks to Prolong the Lifespan of the Devices
Hood shocks make it easier to open and close heavy tailgate doors or passenger vehicle boot lids. Of course, keeping the lids in place once open or closed is just as important. This can only be done if the struts are in perfect working order.
It is Time to Replace the Devices if You Notice Any of the Following:
- Difficulty opening the hood lid
- The lid not opening at all
- The lid slamming down unexpectedly without force exerted upon it
- One side of the lid opening or closing with difficulty
- The lid swinging to the open position in an uncontrolled manner
- A rattle sound when driving
How it Happens
The rods have seals to keep the nitrogen and mineral oil in place. The nitrogen is under high pressure within the rod. The oil is needed for controlled movement to ensure a smooth release. If one of the seals is broken, the gas or the oil escapes and the pressure is reduced. If the pressure is no longer sufficient, the device stops working altogether.
Why it Happens
As with all vehicle components, wear and tear take a toll over the years. If you often drive on dirt roads and uneven surfaces, then the hood shocks take extra beating. The frequent opening and closing over years also cause wear and tear.
How to Prolong the Lifespan of the Devices
The units are sealed and thus protected against particle intrusion. However, seals wear down because of environmental factors and usage. Wipe the area around the shocks clean after you have driven on dirt roads. Regular vehicle washing thus does more than keeping the body attractive.
Can You Only Replace the Hydro-Pneumatic Valve?
Yes, it is possible, but it is best to replace the unit as you will also need to refill the rod. Do not attempt to do it yourself unless you have the right tools and expertise.
Where to Get Help
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Our clients range from mines, vehicle dealerships, and truck fleet owners to individual passenger vehicle owners. We provide a 2-year guarantee on all the gas hood shocks. Get in touch for a quote today.