Ever since I bought Aston 2209 the boot has effectively closed under free fall. We have of course learnt to be careful with it, but after a couple of frighteners where we have dropped it and it has slammed shut I decided for the small amount of money involved it was crazy not to resolve the problem. The potential for breaking the rear glass really exists. The boot lid is supported on gas struts that are part of the hinge assembly but once the gas has started to leak away they loose their effectiveness. Even when you have removed an old gas strut you will find it very hard to depress so you might think there is nothing wrong with it. Unfortunately there is, so bite the bullet and buy a couple of new ones.
[Editors Note: I’d like to thank Mike Potts (@aston2209) for contributing his time and knowledge in writing this article – Thanks Mike!]
The method for changing them is quite simple with only a narrow bladed screwdriver being required. As with all jobs that are near the paintwork take care and use covers or microfiber cloths to protect the immediate area.
If only I had taken my own advice !!! I removed both the old gas struts and carefully pushed the boot lid back until it came to a rest in the fully open position. I wrongly assumed it was resting on the hinge bracketry but it was actually resting against the edge of the rear window.
When I had fitted the new gas struts and closed the boot lid for the first time I saw a chip in the paint. I couldn’t work out where this had come from and decided to remove the struts and move the boot lid carefully to see if I could establish what I had done. By slowly moving the boot lid backwards it was clear that the hinge did not stop the boot lid before it came to the glass.
It’s an easy job but take your time and DON’T REMOVE BOTH STRUTS at the same time. It could just as easily been the glass that had broken so be careful.
Here is a short video showing how to change the struts.
Mike (Aston 2209)