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Jaguandy
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As the tailgate opens, one of the struts has started to squeak. (No rodents involved.) I'm guessing a spray of lubricant into it is required? Perhaps a silicon spray? Or are they better left dry as I have no idea what's inside them?
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Is it the strut mechanism or the pivots?
I'd suspect the latter and pretty much anything except WD40 is OK on them. Thin oil, or silicone spray you mentioned. Best way to get it in is to prise out the small retainer clip at one end, pull the strut off the pivot and lubricate. Repeat on all 4 pivots. Remember to support the tailgate as it will only have one strut connected.

As the struts have oil in there should be nothing to lube, just ensure the rod are clean, however your silicone spray won't harm
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Thanks for this advice. I've just put a brief spray of silicon lubricant onto both pivots and a little down the rubber sleeve half way down. All's quiet so far....
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Jaguandy wrote: Sun Nov 19, 2023 11:52 am Thanks for this advice. I've just put a brief spray of silicon lubricant onto both pivots and a little down the rubber sleeve half way down. All's quiet so far....
I'm sure it will be one of the pivots. Been an easy fix :)
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Subtle enhancements to create the car I wanted from SVR nose cone, 400 series side skirts & customised 'design' rear bumper, to heated SVR steering wheel and more
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