kuroneko
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Location: Somerset County, NJ

Hatch Strut Failure

Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:59 pm

I went to open the back of my Leaf the other day only to discover that both struts for the hatch had completely failed. There was zero warning and I hadn't done anything unusual to damage either one. The struts had been working just fine up until that point (no slow closing or difficultly opening and closing the hatch). Needless to say I discovered just how heavy the hatch was.

Any recommendations on replacement struts? Also, anything I should know in order to keep this from happening in the future?

Thanks.
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alozzy
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Re: Hatch Strut Failure

Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:03 pm

I would take a chance on some Amazon.com struts. I just checked, and there are several hits for "hatch struts Nissan Leaf"
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goldbrick
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Leaf Number: 311806
Location: Boulder, CO

Re: Hatch Strut Failure

Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:29 pm

You may have had one bad strut that forced the other to take all the load until it failed. The latch is heavy and those struts work hard.

All I can add is to make sure you orient the struts correctly. Ie, there is an up/down to them. They will work the same in either orientation but they will last longer if installed correctly.

The struts are fairly generic but you must match 1) the end types where they clip to the car 2) the length both extended and closed and 3) the weight they are meant to support/spring rate. The easiest thing is to buy some that are advertised for the Leaf although you can also search by the listed parameters if you don't get a lot of hits using the easy method. Sorry but I don't know how to calculate the weight spec so you may have to snag that off a website using the p/n of the current or replacement struts.

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Nubo
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Re: Hatch Strut Failure

Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:55 pm

If I look closely I can see mine have been "weeping" fluid for quite some time. It's easy to overlook because the struts are black and the weeping just attracts a bit of dust, so still black. :lol: . So far they seem more than able to handle the load so I don't know that this is necessarily a sign of impending failure. I was taught that "a seal that doesn't leak, leaks".

I did look up replacements some time back and was surprised that they weren't super-expensive. I guess these things fail often enough that there's a large aftermarket.
I noticed you're still working with polymers.

cwerdna
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Re: Hatch Strut Failure

Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:21 pm

kuroneko wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:59 pm
I went to open the back of my Leaf the other day only to discover that both struts for the hatch had completely failed. There was zero warning and I hadn't done anything unusual to damage either one. The struts had been working just fine up until that point (no slow closing or difficultly opening and closing the hatch). Needless to say I discovered just how heavy the hatch was.
Yours may have been leaking for a long time: viewtopic.php?t=21422.

Nissan officially calls them hatch "stays".

viewtopic.php?p=527606#p527606 is my final saga. At last check, one of my replacements is leaking and the other isn't. I'm out of warranty now.

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Calaveras
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Re: Hatch Strut Failure

Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:30 pm

I bought some cheap ones off Amazon for a Jetta Wagon. I guessed on the strength and need to pull the lid down with two hands.
Change one at a time because the lid is heavy and awkward One person alone.
Well worth the money.
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