850 tailgate won't stay open

Discussion in 'Volvo 850' started by Guest, Jan 10, 2004.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    My 1996 850 wagon tailgate recently started to close on its own when I open
    it. The tailgate won't stay up but for a few seconds. Is this a common
    problem and what is the usual culprit or solution?
    Thanks.
    Robert
     
    Guest, Jan 10, 2004
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    Bonnet Lock Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,

    You could try moving to the Moon - where gravity's a bit less!<g>

    Seriously, the gas struts which hold it up are shot - and need to be
    replaced.
     
    Bonnet Lock, Jan 10, 2004
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    Me Guest

    Now I am possibly going mad here, but I don't think my 850 has got struts on
    the tailgate, not externally visible ones anyway???
     
    Me, Jan 10, 2004
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    G Klein Guest

    You have to remove the trim panel's to see the tailgate shocks very easy to
    replace just do one @ a time
    Glenn
     
    G Klein, Jan 10, 2004
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    Bonnet Lock Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,

    You may very well be right! I've just been out to look at my V70, convinced
    that I'd find struts - and they're not where I expected to see them!!

    Seems as if there's some sort of spring/conterbalance arrangement
    incorporated into the hinges, and hidden under the roof lining.

    FIVE MINUTES LATER

    Right - now I think we're getting there. I've just had a look in my Haynes
    Manual (since all else failed!) and apparently there *are* some struts - but
    you have to remove the rear headlining to get at them. I assume that the 850
    Estate (Wagon if you insist!) will be the same in this respect.

    Sorry for the earlier confusion.
     
    Bonnet Lock, Jan 10, 2004
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    Rojo2G Guest

    The tailgate won't stay up but for a few
    My 240 wagon had that problem and it was one of the skinny shock asborber
    looking things that supports the tailgate. It was only one side that was bad
    but it was enough not to stay open.
    Rojo
     
    Rojo2G, Jan 10, 2004
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