How to Change the Lift Struts in a Jeep Cherokee

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How to Change the Lift Struts in a Jeep Cherokee
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The Jeep Cherokee uses a set of high-pressure gas lift, or support, struts to assist in opening and supporting the rear lift gate. These struts will wear over time and lose their effectiveness. Replacement struts are available at most auto parts stores but be sure to check with the parts counter associates to obtain the right part number as these struts are direct fit and must be correct or they will not fit or work.

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Things you need

  • Long 2 by 4 or support rod
  • Flat screwdriver
  • Socket set

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  1. 1

    Open the lift gate of your Jeep Cherokee and support it with a large pole or 2 by 4 plank of wood. Once you pull the struts off the lift gate, you must support the lift gate or it will fall and it is extremely heavy.

  2. 2

    Locate the clip on the outside of the ball joint at the lower end of the strut. Pry the clip loose from the ball joint with a small flat screwdriver. Discard the clip, the new strut will come with a new clip.

  3. 3

    Pull the lower half of the strut off the ball stud and let it hang. Remove the two mounting bolts that secure the top of the support strut using a socket and ratchet. Turn the bolts counterclockwise, removing the bolts and the strut from the Jeep.

  4. 4

    Position the mounting bracket on the new strut in place on the lift gate. Install the two original mounting bolts in the holes and tighten them with a socket and ratchet. Snap the lower end of the new strut onto the ball stud, making sure the retaining clip snaps around the ball stud to secure the strut.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process on the second strut, replacing it as well. Change the struts in pairs whenever possible.

  6. 6

    Remove the pole or the 2 by 4 you used to support the lift gate. Close the lift gate, making sure the struts travel properly and do not bind.

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