How to Change the Gas Lifts on Your Car

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Gas lifts (or gas springs) keep your car’s boot, bonnet and hatch lids open.


All you need to change the gas lifts on your car is a flat screwdriver and a wedge.


What are the signs of old or malfunctioning gas springs?

Gas springs wear out with repeated use.


Cold weather accelerates the wearing process.


Be vigilant during winter months when early morning temperatures can drop below freezing.


Signs of worn and degraded gas lifts, include:

  • the boot, bonnet or hatch lid opens too quickly and easily
  • the boot, bonnet or hatch lid flops down the moment it’s released
  • the boot, bonnet or hatch lid moves when opened to its fullest.

DIY tips on replacing the gas lifts on your car

Installing new gas lifts takes 20 minutes.


All that’s required is a flat screwdriver and a support clamp to keep the lid open while you swap the old components for new.


Tip: you can substitute the support clamp with a broomstick or a plank.


Open the lid to its widest using the support clamp as a wedge.


Slide the screwdriver underneath the c-clamp on the top end of the gas lift and pop it off the ball stud.


Repeat the process at the bottom end.


Remove the worn gas lift.


Before installing the replacement part, apply grease or lubricating oil onto the ball studs.


Clip the gas lift into position.


Replace the c-clamps.


If your car is an older model, it may have bolt-in gas lifts.


These parts are easy to remove and replace with a socket and ratchet kit.


Tip: parts tend to wear at the same time, so replace gas lifts in pairs.


How to order gas lifts online

Masterparts stocks original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts for thousands of vehicle makes and models, including a wide range of gas lifts.


Along with several branches servicing clients in Durban, Windhoek and the greater Cape Town area, we offer a consultant-based call help line, and online quote and order tracking facilities.


All you have to do is enter your contact information, vehicle details and the parts you require online, and we’ll get back to you with a quote.



Masterparts stocks a comprehensive range of high-quality manufacturer parts and spares for almost all vehicle models – old and new – on our roads. Contact us if there’s a part you need and we’ll be happy to help.



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