I drive a 2008 standard/basic Toyota Yaris three-door Hatchback, named Bessie. I’ve had the car since 2010 and take good care of her (quote from my mechanic). Tonight I was loading items into the trunk and a loud pop came from the back when I closed the hatch door. Turns out one of the liftgate supports stopped working and instead, caused the support to actually break off of the metal frame on the inside of my hatch door.
My father is very mechanical, but also 81 years old and while he loves a good car project, I wanted to see if anyone on here had advice.
Here are my questions:
- Should these “pneumatic struts”, as my dad calls them, be replaced regularly if you have a car for more than 10 years?
- Do I need to take this into a shop to get fixed - as in, does the metal piece near the windshield, that secured the liftgate support to the door need to be taken in to be welded back into place? Or can this be fixed at home without welding the metal piece back into place?
- If I’m replacing one liftgate support, should I just replace both, to be safe? It seems they are sold in sets, such as on this website, Carparts.com
It’s too dark for me to post photos tonight, but I’m happy to upload an image tomorrow in the daylight.
Thanks in advance for the help! And apologies for any mis-used terminology.