Odyssey tailgate very hard to open- hyper-extended tailgate shocks?

Discussion in 'Odyssey' started by Ram Ganapathi, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. Hi all

    We have a problem on our 2000 Honda Odyssey and I'm wondering if anyone here
    has encountered a similar problem and may be able to render advice.

    The tailgate (rear hatch door) was accidentally left half open while a
    garage door against which it was leaning was opened (wife pressed the remote
    door opener without noticing that tailgate was pressed against garage door).
    Now we have a tailgate that is basically non-functional because it is
    incredibly hard to open (door is much heavier than I imagined it was). I
    looked at the tailgate shocks (I've heard them also referred to as lift
    cylinders); they appear to be bolted to the frame normally. But what could
    explain why the door feels like it has virtually Zero assist from the
    shocks? Could we have "hyper-extended" the shocks to the point where one or
    both of them do not have any compressed gas in them? How could this have
    occurred? I thought these things are under thousands of pounds of pressure,
    aren't they? The shocks do not appear to be damaged when I performed a
    cursory visual inspection.

    Any other thoughts on what could have gone wrong?

    thanks much, in advance.

    Ram Ganapathi, Jun 28, 2004
  2. Ram Ganapathi

    motsco_ _ Guest


    The vehicle wasn't designed to be lifted by the open tailgate.

    Put a 6' folding ladder under the open tailgate, or something similar.
    Remove the shocks one at a time to see which one is weaker. Replace it.
    They're about half-price at NAPA, but some people say the quality isn't
    there. If problem persists, replace the other shock.

    motsco_ _, Jun 28, 2004
  3. Ram Ganapathi

    Chip Stein Guest

    most likely you bent the hinges at the roof line.
    Chip Stein, Jun 29, 2004
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