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Old 12-01-2016, 06:26 PM   #1
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Replacing the struts holding the liftgate

Hi guys. I have a 2012 Ford Focus Hatch. The hatch has been very heavy to open but once it's open, the hatch does stay up. I am thinking the strut may be going bad or is that just how it is. I also see some residue of dry oil dripping down the strut. Will getting new hatch strut make the liftgate easier to open?

If anyone knows, please give me the part number? are they the same part number for both left and right?

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Hi guys. I have a 2012 Ford Focus Hatch. The hatch has been very heavy to open but once it's open, the hatch does stay up. I am thinking the strut may be going bad or is that just how it is. I also see some residue of dry oil dripping down the strut. Will getting new hatch strut make the liftgate easier to open?

If anyone knows, please give me the part number? are they the same part number for both left and right?

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You know that calling the part dept at the dealer will give you all that info matching your VIN/Model within minutes. It's free!!

Many don't have access to a Ford catalog here.

Take a look here --->Official Ford Parts Site | Buy Motorcraft & OEM Ford Parts Online | FordParts.com

or here ----> https://www.amazon.com/Lift-Supports.../dp/B00OQS9AVW
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Yes I understand I can just call the dealers, but in my mind, I always think enthusiast forums have more knowledge then the dealers lol.

I have checked that site before, but am not sure which category this would fall under. I have checked the Body section but it's not there.

I would like to buy oem if possible.

So do you guys think new struts will make the hatch easier to open even though once it's up, the hatch does not fall back down?
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Doubt it, if one of those struts was really leaking it wouldn't be holding the hatch up.
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So do you guys think new struts will make the hatch easier to open even though once it's up, the hatch does not fall back down?

The point of hatch lifts is to push the hatch upward past a certain point from the locking mechanism.

When they are fully extended they will hold the hatch easily even when leaking a little bit but not so strong.

With time it will require more and more force to lift the hatch manually until it will no longer hold/rise properly.

For the price... it would replace them if they are leaking.
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Ok I found the part now Lift Cylinder, RIGHT for 2012 Ford Focus|CP9Z-58406A10-B : Quirk Auto Parts | OEM & Aftermarket Car, Truck, SUV, & Van Parts and Accessories).

Interestingly enough, the part number is not the same as the one that is currently on the car. My car has CM51-A406A10-AA. Anybody know the difference? I can't really find any information on the CM51-A406A10-AA.

Also the website differentiates between left and right but the p/n appear to be the same? Is that correct? I guess it can be used on either side then
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Check tascaparts.com.
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Website could be set up to list left & right of every duplicated part, different or not.

They also list that for through 2016, so it could be a fresher number.
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My hatch is hard to lift, and it slams way harder than it used to. They aren't leaking, I'm sure they are just getting worn out.

I also like OEM, but for 2X the cost I'm thinking of going with the amazon link posted up above. Anyone have experience with replacement aftermarket ones?
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they wear out, some leak some dont.. one may be weak the other fine if your hatch is hard to open then one most likely has bitten the dust... they are consumables they wear out there is no proper way to keep them sealed

aftermarkets will work dealer parts will work you have to make sure they have the same diameter and length both collapsed and extended..

OEM/Aftermarkets I don't know which lasts longer they eventually wear out again..

ive replaced my wagons twice since i got the car but i use the hatch ALOT for work
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