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Old 08-02-2007, 10:55 AM   #1
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Happy Changing the liftgate hydraulic supports

I changed both hydraulic supports for the liftgate (rear hatch door) in my 2004 VUE. It was very easy and took less than a minute per side. These things are a ball and socket design. To get them to pop off we use a screwdriver to pry off the retaining ring and then it separates the connection; there is a small groove for the screwdriver. The new ones snap into place. Tips:
  • Replace both at the same time. If one support has failed then there is a chance the other will fail soon too since they both opened and closed the same number of times. Also a new support might open/close slower or faster than the old support.
  • Have somebody hold the liftgate open while you work. It is heavy but the job is fast so they don't need to hold it for a long time.
  • Separate the lower connection on the VUE's body first. If we separate the upper connection on the VUE's tailgate first then the support will swing down and hit us or smash into the taillight assembly.
  • After removing the old supports clean the "balls" with a paper towel and apply some white lithium grease.
  • Don't fool around with the old supports because they are gas charged. Just get rid of them.

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Old 08-02-2007, 11:20 AM   #2
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Old 08-02-2007, 11:59 AM   #3
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I got them at http://www.partsamerica.com/. Enter the year, make, and model, then search for "lift support" and you'll see them. At the time I ordered they only had a brand called "Strong Arm" and the price was $16.46 each. The Strong Arm part number is 4363. They claim these fit all 2002 to 2005 Saturn VUEs. They fit mine okay and so far seem to be working alright. These were less than half the price charged at the Saturn dealerships, even the ones that sell OEM parts over the Internet at very fair prices. Are these aftermarket parts as good as OEM? I don't know. Here is a hyperlink to the product but it might not work:

http://www.partsamerica.com/productd...pe=565&PTSet=A



My local Advance Auto Parts didn't have them so I had to buy them over the Internet and have them shipped to me. The lift supports were packed well, shipped out of Knoxville TN, and arrived 2 days later. And they shared the tracking number with me. For the record Parts America includes Advance Auto Parts, Checker Auto Parts, Schuck's Auto Supply, Kragen Auto Parts, and CSK Auto, Inc.

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Old 08-02-2007, 01:02 PM   #4
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Occassionally, my lift gate doesn't go up the last 2 or 3 inches. Which is bad because I need that clearance so my head doesn't bang into the liftgate. If I push it up, it will go up and stay up. I wonder if my supports need to be changed out as well.

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Old 08-02-2007, 02:07 PM   #5
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Before replacing them try lubricating them. For things such as trunk/hood hydraulic lifters and power retractable antennas, instead of using white lithium grease I've been using a lubricant that is actually designed for bicycles! It works well even under a very wide range of temperatures. Specifically I use Tri-Flow's wet lubricant in the drip bottle. We can find this at bicycle stores and probably over the Internet. Give it a try...

http://www.triflowlubricants.com/

http://www.triflowlubricants.com/Sup...rior_drip.html

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Tips:
  • Replace both at the same time. If one support has failed then there is a chance the other will fail soon too since they both opened and closed the same number of times. Also a new support might open/close slower or faster than the old support.
  • Have somebody hold the liftgate open while you work. It is heavy but the job is fast so they don't need to hold it for a long time.
  • Separate the lower connection on the VUE's body first. If we separate the upper connection on the VUE's tailgate first then the support will swing down and hit us or smash into the taillight assembly.
  • After removing the old supports clean the "balls" with a paper towel and apply some white lithium grease.
  • Don't fool around with the old supports because they are gas charged. Just get rid of them.
Thank You!

I ordered 2 Monroe #901629 from rockauto.com the other day and figured I should check to see if anyone had some tips. Glad I checked.

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Old 05-25-2013, 10:05 AM   #7
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Occassionally, my lift gate doesn't go up the last 2 or 3 inches. Which is bad because I need that clearance so my head doesn't bang into the liftgate. If I push it up, it will go up and stay up. I wonder if my supports need to be changed out as well.
Mine was doing the same thing. Ordered new supports from Amazon, and it works like a charm now. If anything, they're a little too strong.

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I ordered the same units from Amazon 3 years ago, and they are still stronger than the OEM struts were.

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