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Unread 09-27-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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Help: '02 Liftgate Struts Rusted / Can't Open

Hello all,

I have a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and I can't open the trunk more than about 6 inches! I will shamefully admit that I am quite inexperienced working on/maintaining my vehicle. I've come here hat in hand to ask your advice and find out whether there's anything I can do short of replacing the struts entirely. I have spent awhile searching for an answer but have not found a thread here or elsewhere that addresses my problem directly.

The latch opens the liftgate just fine but after opening it about 6" it just won't move any further. I can see visible rust on the struts and they appear to have zero motion to them.

1. Is it possible to alleviate some of this issue by applying oil or something to the strut or is this a bad idea/won't address the problem?

2. Is it inadvisable to remove the struts completely in order to open the trunk (which of course would have no support when open?)

3. If I'm forced to buy two new struts, is installation easy? It seems that each strut is attached by two bolts: one at either end.

I tried to take a photo but the lighting was bad and there's only a small gap through which you can see the strut due to the liftgate not opening much. The struts are pretty badly rusted.

Thank you for taking the time to read my thread and for any and all advice.


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Unread 09-27-2013, 11:47 AM   #2
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New struts are dirt cheap. Just get new ones.
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Unread 09-27-2013, 01:40 PM   #3
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They're like 30 bucks for the set. Replace them once and they'll be good for another 5 years if not more. Once they're gone, there's no hope in repairing them. Just get some new ones: Here they are on Amazon.
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Unread 09-27-2013, 03:55 PM   #4
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Hit up the NAPA/Walker supply in my area and purchased 2 new liftgate struts for ~$18 each. The torx bit and rachet ran me $20 at Lowe's. Replacing them took about 15 minutes.

Thanks for your replies, formeraudi and mycreativename.
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Unread 09-28-2013, 02:19 PM   #5
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+1 on replacement, i have replaced the liftgate and the lift glass struts with shocks from amazon
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