Me too. The gas eventually leaks out of the cylinder and/or the spring inside weakens, breaks, or deforms. The former is the worse of the two because you rely on the gas inside to slow down the hatchback and keep it from guillotining your head. By the way, there is a little-known neck-detection feature built into most hatchbacks that triggers rapid hatch fall and subsequent cranial detachment. So watch out for that.james said:Struts like that do wear out over time - I've replaced several on different cars.
Same experience here. I have an 88 Civic in addition to my HX and when I got the 88, the hatch struts were effectively destroyed. I have no idea what they cost from the dealer, but I'm sure it's a fortune. I got replacements from a place called BAP Import Parts for $35 or something about 3 years ago and they still work great.b1shmu63 said:Recently replaced one of the struts on my CRX. The dealer wanted 180 dollars. I went less than a mile to Canadian Tire and got one for 31 dollars. I installed it and it works great.
Yeah, I think you're right. Makes sense, too, so that as the gas leaks out you get both a decreased ability to hold the hatch up and a faster speed of the hatch dropping onto your head.b1shmu63 said:I have never verified this but I believe there is no actual "spring" inside the strut, just a pressurized gas