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post #1 of 12 Old Mar 10th, 2005, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Lift Gate Cylinders

OK, so forgive me if this is a silly question, but...

Is there any way to stiffen the lift cylinders (or whatever they are called) on the rear lift gate and rear window on my pathfinder. They always get weaker in the cold, but this year is the worst so far, and it's just a bit of a pain - - lift the gate, down she comes, lift the gate again..... you get the idea

Are these cylinders gas or oil filled? And can they be maintained in any way to stiffen them up? Replacing them looks like a pricey option.

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I don't know of any way to increase the capacity of those supports. I noticed this year that mine aren't what they used to be when I first bought the truck.

As far as I know they are gas filled. I haven't searched for any replacements. What prices are you finding in your search?
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Yeah, I figured they would probably be gas filled. I thought maybe there was a way to oil the internal seals on the piston to form a better seal and make them hold the air better.

As far as prices go, a local dealer wants to charge me $143.69 (can) each. Since I need 4, that would be $574.76 - - - NOT!!!! I did a quick check of www.everythingnissan.com and I think they were $87.00 US. each. Better, but still way too rich for me. I guess I'll start looking after market, or go to the old "broomstick" trick.

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Nope nope nope. Those things are only $22 or so from rockauto.com. I've also found them for around $25 at a local parts store, Schuck's.

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I just checked advance auto parts on-line. $27 for each glass support and $28 for each rear hatch support. McMaster Carr sells the struts, I wonder if I can find something that will work as a replacement on their site.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Yeah, I will definitely look at after market. I actually recieved a flyer in the mail yesterday from a local tool store, and they have 27" cylinders on sale for 14.99. Now, while I think these will be too long for my application, it definitely gives me hope that I'll find them somewhere for ALOT less than OEM.

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I replaced ours last year. Canadian Tire often has them on sale for half price for the second one. Comes to about $35 each. As repairs go, this is an easy one, with a high satisfaction rating on the result. Pop the latch, and stand back.
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I replaced ours last year. Canadian Tire often has them on sale for half price for the second one. Comes to about $35 each. As repairs go, this is an easy one, with a high satisfaction rating on the result. Pop the latch, and stand back.
Thanks Man,

If the cheap ones at Princess Auto (I love that store) don't work for me, I'll definitely keep my eye on Canadian Tire.

Now, when you say "Pop the latch, and stand back", do you mean that your cylinders actually lift the gate. Mine have never done that. I didn't realize they are designed to "lift" I assumed just "hold".

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I guess it might depend on how much oomph the new cylinders have. Since they seem to come from different sources, they might vary. Presumably it would also depend on the condition of the hatch hinges.

We didn't buy our '91 new, so I don't know what they did when new. But I know that when we bought it, we didn't have to push the hatch up. It got to the point where it would not stay all the way up in cold weather.

Now, you pop the latch, and the hatch majestically and smoothly rises all the way by itself, making a nice phsssssh noise. Makes my day when I see that. I haven't replaced the ones for the hatch glass yet, hoping to sell the truck before doing that.

I should add that Canadian Tire stocks a variety of them, so maybe the ones they supply will fit exactly compared to more "universal" ones. I did have to wait a day or two for the store to get them in.

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Mmyep. Mine lifts itself right up after pulling the handle.

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Cool, thanks for the responses guys.

Hey X-Traction, do you happen to still have the receipt or packaging for the ones you bought? A Canadian Tire product code would help. Or did they just go according to the type of vehicle? Did you get both the window ones and the lift gate, 'cause mine are 2 different sizes. The lift gate cylinder (housing only) is about 14" long and the window is only 10".

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Cool, thanks for the responses guys.

Hey X-Traction, do you happen to still have the receipt or packaging for the ones you bought? A Canadian Tire product code would help. Or did they just go according to the type of vehicle? Did you get both the window ones and the lift gate, 'cause mine are 2 different sizes. The lift gate cylinder (housing only) is about 14" long and the window is only 10".

Thanks again.
You just have to tell them the vehicle type and year, they have all the cross-references. I only got the longer hatch struts. They asked me if I also wanted the window struts, but ours are still ok, barely.

I was thinking it might be nice to put a set on the hood so you don't have to use that silly hood prop rod.
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