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Old 04-17-2012, 03:07 PM   #1
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Hatchback liftgate post (pneumatic)

I was just loading my '07 Yaris and tried to close the hatch when I heard a "DUNK" and it fell shut. Inspection revealed that the left pneumatic arm's anchor (on the trunk side) had popped out.

Has anyone had this happen? Better yet, anyone have an easy fix? It'd be great not to have the trunk drop on my head every time I'm rummaging around.

Here's a picture of the snapped-off piece in question. It looks like my pneumatic arm froze - I can't manipulate it manually unlike the still-operating one.

http://phreque.com/_tempor/DSC02233.JPG
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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Pics? Can't quite visualize what you say has happened.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:54 PM   #3
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Lending a helping hand...

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Old 04-17-2012, 05:12 PM   #4
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Yikes. There's no easy fix for that. First time I've seen it happen. Good luck.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:27 PM   #5
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Wow that is not good lol

My guess is it looks like it will have to be welded back in.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:11 PM   #6
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It wouldn't take much to get that welded up...that's pretty crazy that it popped out like that. It won't be pretty, but it won't happen again either.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:24 PM   #7
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Just watch when you decide to get it welded might have to remove rear glass to prevent it getting shattered
or you could just carry a broomstick to keep rear up n open
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:00 AM   #8
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I would try to repair it using screws,, something like two M5 or M6 bolts on each side
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:27 AM   #9
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Glad I could blaze a trail with a new failure :) Thanks for the suggestions, all. Looks like I'll be keeping the parts handy and going for a weld when the droopy liftgate gets on my nerves!
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:34 AM   #10
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Solved. I bought these (just in the nick of time, looks like. Currently unavailable): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00
...and a local body shop charged $100 to re-weld the detached piece and slap on the new trunk struts. All said and done, $154 and it's back to working like new. Not as terrible as it could've been!
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:00 PM   #11
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There is a great vendor that has been around for many years that sells qualty lift supports for most any vehicle.......... " "lifttsupportsdepot.com"
http://www.autopartsbylou.com/index.php

People who have ordered from them say the quality is first rate and, the prices are low. They also sell all kinds of hardware associated with lift supports.
Here are their supports for the Yaris.
http://www.autopartsbylou.com/lift-s...=mmy&x=18&y=11

Be shure to read the FAQs as it has a lot of info about supports in general that is usefull no matter where you purchase them.


BTW, those type of supports are much stronger than some people realize and there is a lot of stress on the mounts when compressing. It's probably best to always lower a hatch gently when closing.

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Old 05-18-2012, 04:09 PM   #12
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Use a big molly bolt to hold the bracket. That is ugly
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:51 PM   #13
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I just replaced mine on my 2007 hatchback. Bought the two new ones from the above -- www.autopartsbylou.com -- for US$40.93 including shipping, and they arrived quickly. They were made in Turkey.

I used one of these to support the hatch while replacing the lifts:

http://www.harborfreight.com/2-in-1-...bar-66172.html

The new lifts are much stronger than old, at least for now. I assume they will break in a bit with time.
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Old 01-03-2015, 10:17 PM   #14
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This happened today 1-03-2015 to my wife's Yaris. The left side broke completely off and the right side broke one weld. I drilled holes away from the broken part and put sheet metal screws in it.
We will see what happens.
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Old 09-11-2017, 10:54 AM   #15
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Add me to the list of casualties for this failure mode. I'll probably just use JB weld after removing a little bit of paint to get good adhesion. What a pain in the arse!
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