Bonnet & Hatch Gas Struts
Boot, bonnet & hatch gas struts- keeping it up
Boot, bonnet or hatch gas struts safely support the weight of those parts on your vehicle making them easy to open and close. They add strength making it easier to open and add resistance to stop it slamming shut. Without them, opening and closing a boot, hatch or bonnet would be quite dangerous.
Gas struts are very simple in design, like a shock absorber with only 2 mounting points, one at each end. They work in much the same way. A shock absorber controls the spring and the strut controls the hinged body panel. They vary in size and length and some would be rated differently depending on the weight of the bonnet or hatch they are propping open.
Prior to the gas strut there were lots of different methods a vehicle used to hold open a hatch, bonnet or boot. Steel springs were used either in a coil or a torsion bar arrangement. These were complex designs that required clever engineering to make them work. The simplest and cheapest solution, if the part was light enough was put a steel rod in a certain spot to wedge it open. The current gas strut has replaced all these methods using less parts, taking up less space with the same degree of security that it is not going to slam shut on you. The car door is the only hinged large body panel not using a strut.
Changing a Gas Strut
There is not much to check or inspect on a strut. Where they attach to the body panels they can come loose with time. When worn out they will either seize up, so the panel is hard to open and close or lose pressure so it feels like there is no strut in there at all. It doesn't take hours to change them as they are easy items to remove and replace. There is usually 2 struts on every body panel that needs them to help share the load and you can buy them individually. If one fails it would probably pay to replace both as added insurance. Note when replacing even one strut take care to support the open panel by other means.
Here at Repco, we are passionate about having the finest quality automotive products in stock that the industry has to offer. With competitive prices, durability, hard wearing construction and brands you can rely on, our gas struts are truly no exception. Regardless of your needs, our gas struts range has something to suit you.
Online or In Store Location
To order replacement boot gas struts, bonnet gas struts or hatch gas struts you can go online. Get your number plate details, use Rego search for your vehicle, find a match, select the strut and check product availability. Check the price range, filter out any products you don't need, add items to your cart and head to the checkout to purchase. With over 400 stores across Australia use the website for the address of a store location near you. To find out more information about our entire range, including vehicle body parts, contact our team today either in store or over the phone, we are here to help you. In addition, talk to the team and discover how you can 'click and collect' your boot, bonnet or hatch gas struts today.