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    rear door things that hold it open (shocks????)

    I have no idea what thes 2 shocks are really called that hold the rear door open,,,, but heres the problem

    both stopped working as of today and that door is pretty heavy to hold open without them...

    IS THERE A FIX I CAN DO TO THEM

    IF THERE ISN'T THEM WHAT ARE THEY CALLED SO I CAN BUY NEW ONES.

    are they hydrolic or springs inside them.


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    Hydraulic hatch shocks

    Besides the dealer, pretty sure bavauto also sells them.

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    Re: Hydraulic hatch shocks(reply)

    any idea what caused them to break,...

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    Re: Hydraulic hatch shocks(reply)

    They may not be broken as such. They are hydraulic based and perform poorly in cold weather. And winter has finally shown up on the Cape. But just as suspension shocks wear out, so do these. As you've found out the hatch is no light weight structure to hold up.

    Its a cheap (relatively speaking) and easy (1 spring clip/shock) fix. There are alternatives though, after the second set of hood shocks went on my 944, I started using a pair of vice grips as stops whenever I needed to work or check something on the engine. Its not an elegant fix, but it does the job.

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    Re; hatch shocks(reply)(reply)

    tell me, if I took a pin or a nail and stuck it into the gasket around the shock arm would that break them too???

    vise grips .... my style as well...

    broke my custom metalflake steering wheel off once and thank god for vise grips. clamped them on the steering column and drove about 15 miles to ge home with them... it worked like a rudder concept/feel.

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    autohausaz.com

    autohaus arizona sells them for really cheap...i think like $13 each...I've been meaning to replace them, but every time they start pissing me off, they start working fine again the next day or so.

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    Re: autohausaz.com( talk about being pissed off)

    sometime my life stops working (like those shocks) and I get pissed and then all of a sudden it starts working again...(like those shocks)

    well.... it seems to me that maybe a gasket or o-ring must be leaking, and therefor if I spend the next 90 hours of my life trying to figure this out and do a hack patch job I can save that $13.00 expense and continue being pissed that these things work and don't work continually enough to screw up my day.... Hmmmmmmmm

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    Re: Re; hatch shocks(reply)(reply)

    I doubt if you could get a pin or a nail in the gap, but its worth a try. But it would only have the same effect as my vicegrips - a temporary stop, albeit friction instead of physical.

    When mine go, I'll replace them. Car's too special for a visible hack fix. IMHO.

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    Re: autohausaz.com( talk about being pissed off)

    $26 bucks is worth it to me for the simple fact that I don't have to suffer any more bumps from the trunk lid falling on my head or back.

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    These shocks wear out, when you replace them

    install them upside down, so they're right side up when closed - and prevents any leakage. Relatively cheap part, even from the stealer.

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    Correct term, Gas Spring,

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    Bavauto sells OEM replacements too

    It never worked well and it got worse recently. They were backordered by a week with Bavauto. It takes 5 minutes to install. Now I can open the hatch with my right index finger to the half way point easily and the shocks take over from there.

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    Oh man I overpaid

    autohasaz is $35 for a pair. I paid 2x buying the same part from Bavauto.

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    Re:Those were the days my friend, thought they wou

    never end... (wrong)

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    Re: CAN I INJECT OIL INTO THEM (hypodermic ndl)

    looks like they have a soft spot where the extensionshaft comes out of the main body... anyone tryed this. (gota needle I can borrow???)

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    You too??? Still on my second set for the 944

    but they are not holding well in the cold. Vice grips will "score" up the shaft and cause them to weaken earlier, but if yours are bad already, it really does not matter.

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    Re: CAN I INJECT OIL INTO THEM (hypodermic ndl)

    It's not the oil that has leaked out but the high pressured nitrogen. The oil is used to regulate the speed at which the shaft is pushed out of the tube by the gas pressure. No you can't repair them.
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    Autohausaz has been great for me

    I have been using them for a while now. So far everything has been OEM and the prices are unbeatable. I ordered new tie rod ends and a driver's side door lock actuator. Autohausaz.com was easily 50% less than dealer prices and significantly cheaper than places like bavauto, etc...There is no sales tax and shipping is free for orders over $50. It's hard to find a better deal than that.


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    still on my original for my 1971 Datsun 240Z

    Although the hatch, like most of the car weighs very little. :)

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    Gas charged PNEUMATIC struts, not hydraulic

    It is the high pressure gas charge in the strut that is the "spring". If just a little of the gas escapes...your strut will not help you hold up the hatch.

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