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This is a discussion on hatchback within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; My hatchback doesnt stay up. I have to hold it up with my hand and ive been trying to to ...

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    My hatchback doesnt stay up. I have to hold it up with my hand and ive been trying to to find a way to keep it up. Is it a fuse? Ive tried changing out the acuators, i believe thats the name of it. Has anyone ever had this problem if so how do i fix it?

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    There are two hydraulic struts that hold the hatch up. If they are worn out they won't hold the hatch up. My first bird's struts went out on me

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    I recently replaced the actuators on my car because the old ones were worn out and the hatch wouldn't stay up. Bought two new ones at Advance Auto for around $50 total.
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    They're gas lifts that simply go bad. Cheap at the autoparts store, even cheaper on Amazon. Might want to look into your hood lifts as well.

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    Same thing happened when I bought my car. I replaced the actuators. Previous owner replaced the firebird hatch with a Trans am hatch (taller spoiler) and best I could figure was the actuators used are different. I put the actuators on that came with the Trans Am hatch, and problem solved. Overall length of actuators is the same, but the gas filled part is longer on the TA hatch. Go figure.

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    Ill try replacing them with new ones. I bought some actuators from the junk yard that i saw was working at the time of purchase. Maybe they werent the same length as my vehicle. thanks for the advice guys. Its a real pain holding my trunk up as i try taking out my tool box.

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    For what it's worth, I work at Advance and ask them for lift supports. That's what the system calls them. 29.99. Part number is B4897

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