Rear hatch struts are common on SUVs and wagons. Hatch struts are hydraulic and provide support to your rear door when it is open. The Toyota Matrix wagon has two hatch struts (one on each side). If your rear hatch becomes difficult to open or will not stay open, you probably need to replace your rear hatch struts. Since the Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix share the same components, these instructions will also work for the Pontiac Vibe.
Rear hatch strut support replacement: 30 to 60 minutes. ($60 / $150 / $260)
Volvo 850, V70 rear hatch struts get weak. My buddy's rear hatch was head hunting so I picked him up a set of support struts from the junk yard. It takes about 30 minutes to change them out but you have to be careful not to bust up the plastic trim.
|Replacing Rear Hatch Struts|