Join Date: May 2005
Location: Evergreen, CO
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From my own experience in a previous car: beware of cheap (auto parts store) replacement gas struts.
I replaced both struts for the back hatch on a Jeep Cherokee years ago. It's an easy DIY job, that requires simple tools, and the above mentioned broom stick. I was patting myself on the back for saving $$ by not buying from the dealer, until I noticed the door did not extend as high as it did with the factory struts.
When I measured the originals against the aftermarkets, there was a 2 inch difference. It doesn't sound like much until you consider that 2 inch difference translates to about a 5 inch difference in door opening due to strut placement geometry.
For the next 2 years, until I sold it, I whacked my head on the rear door several times.
Lesson learned, once again: You get what you pay for.