Why gas struts fail in car trunk? How to do if gas springs go dead?

Are you currently facing inconveniences caused by failing gas struts? Over time, gas springs experience wear and tear, leading to a decline in their overall performance. The gradual decrease in pressure is the most common reason for their ultimate failure. While the average lifespan of gas struts is typically 3 to 5 years, it’s essential to recognize that specific operational practices can expedite their deterioration.

This article aims to explore 5 key factors that will shorten the lifespan of gas springs. By understanding these factors, you can optimize their durability and efficiency, ultimately saving both time and money.

I. 5 Key Factors May Shorten Gas Springs’ Lifespan

1. Misalign Installation

Uneven force is the main cause of dead gas struts, the uneven force normally generated by the following situations:

First, Installing Only One Gas Strut

We suggest using a pair of gas shocks to ensure even force distribution on both sides of the box or chest. If you insist on using a piece of gas shock, then choose a sturdy one with double pressure. Moreover, it is advisable to mount it in the middle of the cover lid.

Second, Connectors or End Fittings are Not In Line

We provide end fittings to ensure that the linkage of the top and upper mounting points are aligned.

In line installation of gas springs. Ensure that the linkage of the top and upper mounting points are aligned.

2. Inappropriate Temperature

Gas struts are sensitive to temperature extremes, and exposure to either very high or low temperatures can significantly impact their lifespan. The optimal temperature range for gas springs is generally between -10°C to 50°C.

High Temperatures

Excessive heat, such as under a car hood, can lead to exceptionally high pressure within their cylinders. The compression of the gas strut exacerbates this pressure, potentially leading to the leakage of pressure from the sealing components.

Low Temperatures

Conversely, in cold weather, the pressure within the gas strut cylinder is compressed. This can cause gas struts that were initially effective in lifting a cover lid to appear as if they are failing, resulting in reduced efficiency in supporting and lifting doors. In extremely cold conditions, gas leakage becomes more likely, resulting in a loss of functionality.

3. Humid Environment

Exposure to a humid environment poses the risk of rusting for gas struts, as moisture in the air can corrode the chrome finish. When gas struts are utilized in outdoor conditions, such as in a boat hatch, it is recommended to opt for weatherproof gas struts. In such scenarios, employing stainless steel gas struts becomes essential to prevent corrosion.

Boat gas springs in humid enviroment

4. Wrong Installation Direction

During installation, the metal rod should be oriented downward to ensure proper lubrication. Many customers use the installation method with the metal rod facing upward, and although the gas struts can still function properly, the optimal installation method is to have the rod down installation. In this way, ensures that the seals in the cylinder are immersed in hydraulic oil, thereby maximizing lubrication. This not only enhances damping functionality but also prolongs the lifespan of the equipment.

5. Lack of Regular Cleaning

Regular dusting is crucial for extending the lifespan of gas struts. Without cleaning, dust and moisture can infiltrate the cylinder during compression and extension operations, hastening gas leakage and diminishing pressure. So, just clean the struts by gently wiping away surface dust with a cloth. The frequency of cleaning depends on environmental conditions. Gas struts in indoor cabinets may accumulate less dust and thus require less frequent cleaning. Conversely, for outdoor applications like those installed in a car trunk, cleaning should take place at least once a year.

II. Can Gas Springs Be Repaired?

Gas springs are not designed for repair, and attempting to repair them can be dangerous due to the high internal pressure. Moreover, the cost of repairing a malfunctioning gas spring may exceed that of purchasing a new one. We recommend timely replacement of the gas spring to enhance your lifting experience, choosing Apexstone’s cost-effective, high-quality, and easy-to-install gas springs.

1. What Happens If Gas Struts Are Not Replaced

Delaying the timely replacement of failed gas struts can not only inconvenience our daily life but also pose potential risks. For example, in the case of soft-close gas springs used in a toy box losing pressure, when lacking movement control from the dampers, the cover of the toy box may slam down, posing a threat to our child’s fingers and potentially causing irreversible harm to their well-being. Contrary to this, timely replacement with Apexstone enhanced soft-close hinges can prevent potential disasters, even when the door is about to close, the slow-close hinge can effectively decelerate the door’s movement.

Used soft close hinges for our old toy box so my son wouldn't crush his tiny fingers

2. Where To Buy Gas Strut Replacement

If you need to replace gas struts from brands like Suspa, Camloc, Stabilus, or others, consider visiting the Apexstone Online Gas Springs shop. We offer high-quality replacements at cost-effective prices. Simply provide us with the product specifications or part number, and we’ll assist you in finding the right replacement. We can even customize special sizes for you. Contact us now to begin the process of finding your perfect gas strut replacement.

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