2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Replacing Tired Trunk Struts
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on October 16, 2015
No used car will ever be perfect. Even a clean, one-owner car like our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 will have a list of things that need attention. As the new owner, your job is to triage these issues and get to them as time and budget allows.
Back in June, Executive Editor Ed Hellwig noted that the trunk struts were clearly worn out and caused the trunk lid to slam down rapidly. I had some experience with this type of repair: We replaced the hood struts on our 1996 Lexus ES 300, also known as the "Debt-Free Car."
It seemed like an easy enough job to tackle again. Here's how we did it.
We ordered the struts from our local Dodge dealership for about $25 each. We removed the old struts by wedging a flathead screwdriver under the metal clamp (indicated by the green arrow) that holds the strut in place. The clamp popped right out with minimal pressure. Next we pulled on the strut and it popped out of its socket on the top and bottom.
The new struts popped right into the socket. There was no need to move the clamp. We repeated the process for the other side and were done with the job within 10 minutes. I wish all DIY repairs were this easy.
The new struts work great and slow down the trunk lid as it's about to close, reducing its risk of munching someone's fingers.
Total cost $54.75 (includes sales tax)
Time needed: 10 minutes
Take a look at this video for more information on hood and trunk strut DIY.
Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor