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Rear door gas struts

The last few days, the rear door on my 03, 1.9 jtd elx doesn't always open to its full height without a little help from me. Some days its ok.
If it means the struts are going, has anyone bought them? From where? Are they easy to replace?

I hope they're not expensive
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Re: Rear door gas struts

5 mins to replace,get from dealer & get someone to hold tailgate or it fall on your head
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The last few days, the rear door on my 03, 1.9 jtd elx doesn't always open to its full height without a little help from me. Some days its ok.
If it means the struts are going, has anyone bought them? From where? Are they easy to replace?

I hope they're not expensive
Mine have been like that for about a year now, they don't seem to be getting any worse but I have to be careful I don't walk into the corner of the door.
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Mine have been like that for about a year now, they don't seem to be getting any worse but I have to be careful I don't walk into the corner of the door.
I might not have to rush out and replace them then.
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Re: Rear door gas struts

The original struts really aren't that fantastic either, they only just support the weight of the door - either that or my 18 month old struts are on their way out.
When I add my cycle carrier, the struts cannot handle the additional weight. I imagine the rear door is quite a meaty beast but would have thought the struts would be more than capable.
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Re: Rear door gas struts

Problem I have had on quite a few cars. Seems that the onset of cold weather lowers the efficiency if they are a bit below spec.
Glad I have back doors, not the tailgate, don't like the idea of that dropping on me!!
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I might not have to rush out and replace them then.
No don't bother rushing out yet. In the mean time you might find some in scrap yards
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No don't bother rushing out yet. In the mean time you might find some in scrap yards
Good idea. I'll ring round.
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Re: Rear door gas struts

See this post
https://www.fiatforum.com/doblo/9527...t-failure.html

When they do go, it could be painful.
We're all sorted now, done under warranty
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Re: Rear door gas struts

I've had struts go on older hatchbacks - although they won't be as heavy as dobbin's hatch (but the struts should be engineered to cope) and I've found that when one fails, the other is strong enough to barely support the hatch, causing it to slowly close.
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Re: Rear door gas struts

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Problem I have had on quite a few cars. Seems that the onset of cold weather lowers the efficiency if they are a bit below spec.
Glad I have back doors, not the tailgate, don't like the idea of that dropping on me!!

Funny you should say that, the last few days we've been looking at temps of -3, -5 & -1 & I've noticed my tailgate's reluctance to open fully. When I helped it up I could push it another 12".
Guess that means mine's dying.

Hmmm, it's only 18 months old so I reckon I might take it to the dealer & see what they say.
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Re: Rear door gas struts

Had to happen didn't it?
Had the salesman ring me yesterday afternoon asking if everything's ok with the car (he's rung me quite a few times since I bought it - surely he can't believe I'll be buying another motor in his lifetime (he'll have changed jobs long before)).
And in the evening I shoved a bike in the back & noticed the door didn't lift all the way & even dropped slightly.
Took it round to Perry's today & explained to 'Bob' what happened. He tapped away on his computer & I got a text. I then waited a couple of minutes for a technician to have a look - to verify the problem & note the mileage (for the Fiat warranty). They'll order the parts & let me know when they're in so I can book it in.

Watch this space.
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Re: Rear door gas struts

I've just been on the phone to my local Fiat Dealer, and the struts will cost £24.95 + vat each. Very disappointing price.
He said that he has only sold 5 pairs, since 2005.
So sounds like I've been a bit unlucky.

The struts are still sort of working. The door does raise when I open it, but not all the way. Some days it's worse than others.
So I should buy some sometime. Don't want it falling on my head!

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Re: Rear door gas struts

It's been a week & parts department are still awaiting my struts.
Good job it's not urgent.
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Re: Rear door gas struts

Friday 18th Jan. Parts department still awaiting the gas struts.

I went to see the service bods on 31/12/07 (according to my text inbox).
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