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Old 21-01-2008   #16
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Re: Rear door gas struts

Mon 21st. Went in to see what was happening about my struts - apparently, they were waiting for me to book the car in before they ordered the bits

Soonest I could book it in was 31st.
Got a phone call at teatime, the struts are on back order so have to cancel the booking & await a call from them to let mer know when they come in.
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Re: Rear door gas struts

Is Delaer fitting compulsory, then?
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Is Delaer fitting compulsory, then?
Sadly, yes - still inside the three year warranty.
i did ask them if they could get the struts & let me fit them at my convenience - but no, it's not allowed.
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Re: Rear door gas struts

What an idiot. I completely forgot about the struts until on my way back from picking #2 son from school. Phoned Perry's & explained, he told me to go back 2pm Friday.
Left myself notes everywhere & got there for 2pm.
Got the car back by five to three - not sure how much of that was taken up by fitting the struts, paperwork etc.
Anyway, they're working fine now.
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glad to hear it's all sorted now
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Re: Rear door gas struts


Just been up town & had to open the tailgate to put a few bits in the boot (as you do) and the f*&%$£g tailgate stops halfway.
I push it a bit, it lifts a bit more then stops.
It's not even as though it's that cold out there today (well not round here at any rate).
Monday, I'll be having a word with Perrys, this is sooooo not acceptable, the tailgate should be able to lift itself all the way (as mine did originally) using the gas struts.
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oh no...I spoke too soon
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Oh dear, sorry about that sludge
Mine seem to be working better now for some reason

Fingers crossed you get it sorted (again) soon.

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Perrys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Say no more


Once bought a car from their Bletchley branch - I was warned not to by a colleague between paying the deposit and collecting the car but like a fool I continued.

Long story short: I'd rather walk everywhere than ever ever ever ever ever by a car from them again.......
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Re: Rear door gas struts

TBH, I can't see how it is their fault, it is possible they've been sent a pair of dodgy struts.
I didn't take that much notice of the old struts, but the new ones look meatier somehow & they have a name - 'lift-o-mat' (sounds really corny!) B418 - I would have thought that genuine parts would be labelled?
I've googled the part & I came across an Alfa romeo forum where a guy has the lift-o-mat B418 strut & his measures 11".
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Re: Rear door gas struts

Well, was going to pay Perrys a visit after work.
Walked up to the car, pressed the remote, lifted the tailgate & it went nearly all the way up (about three inches shy)

I mean, surely brand new struts shouldn't be affected by the cold as much as older struts?
I've never had problems with struts on other cars (although I guess the tailgates weren't as heavy - but then I see on the 'lift-o-mat' website that you can buy struts that exert huge forces.

Maybe these just need to 'bed in' & loosen up a bit?
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Well, a week later & the tailgate manages to lift almost all the way (just about an inch shy now) but the last couple of days have been much warmer - despite the freezing temps overnight!
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Well, a week later & the tailgate manages to lift almost all the way (just about an inch shy now) but the last couple of days have been much warmer - despite the freezing temps overnight!
Mine's been like that since new, I've always had to push it that last inch. I think the tailgate is just too heavy for the struts.
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Re: Rear door gas struts

Looking at the techy specs on the 'lift-o-mat' website, the struts I have now exert an extension force of 150 - 1150 Newtons. The diameter of the outer chamber is 22mm. Upgrading to a 28mm diameter tube would give an extension force of up to 2100N and an extension of 500mm (as opposed to the 400 this size gives).
I don't know what was on there originally but I swear these have a greater diameter outer chamber.
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Looking at the techy specs on the 'lift-o-mat' website, the struts I have now exert an extension force of 150 - 1150 Newtons. The diameter of the outer chamber is 22mm. Upgrading to a 28mm diameter tube would give an extension force of up to 2100N and an extension of 500mm (as opposed to the 400 this size gives).
I don't know what was on there originally but I swear these have a greater diameter outer chamber.
I'm going to measure mine to see if it's the same...

roughly (I don't have a Vernier caliper) I reckon the external diameter is about 22mm.
They are Lift-O-Mat and then it says B418.
Is your Doblo the original shape with the bigger front grill?
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