Subaru rusted tailgate gas spring- lube yours now!

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greif greif
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Subaru rusted tailgate gas spring- lube yours now!

Just had to replace a gas spring on my 2014 Forester because the ball in socket on one end had rusted solid, seized, and broke the ball off the stud. I oiled up the other spring and eventually got it moving again.

I suspect this is a problem with any Subaru that has liftgate gas springs with the ball/socket on the down side, when the gate is closed. Save your self a lot of trouble and grease or oil these ball sockets once a year! I am surprised it is not a dealer lube point.
Ethan Snow Ethan Snow
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All moving parts on all vehicles should always be lubricated regularly.  Fluid Film is the best IMO. Great rust and corrosion protection against salt as well. All door hinges, door latches, door springs, etc. And of course tailgate springs and what not. I spray about a half gallon of that shit on the under side of my vehicles and also shoot it inside the inner fenders, and rocker panels before every winter. Also spray it on all the suspension components, shock absorber boots, CV boots, and steering components regularly. Stuff just lasts longer when it has a thick film of waxy oily stuff protecting it.


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campgottagopee campgottagopee
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You're a wise man Ethan. The old timers would do that with oil, I remember watching my grandad spend hours wiping the undercarriage and door jams.
bumps bumps
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Whatever happened to Ziebart?
Mi Skier Mi Skier
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Just be careful spraying rubber. Some penetrating oils will cause the rubber to swell and brake down sooner  
endoftheline endoftheline
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Speaking of Subaru, I have an 18 Crosstrek, first Subaru I have owned. Had it 2.5 yrs  no issues until now. It only has a little over 11K miles and the front rotors are warped and need  replacing. Hoping Subaru will go good for them but I am guessing they wont be covered under warranty. Never had a new veh need brakes so soon. Anyone else have problems with so low miles and brake issues on a Subaru?
Harvey Harvey
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That's low mileage.  When I didn't drive my car everyday, the brakes (especially rear) were always fucked up. They rust fast if you don't drive regularly.

Do you drive it every day?
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
JasonWx JasonWx
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I have two subs
brakes always have a issue
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endoftheline wrote
Speaking of Subaru, I have an 18 Crosstrek, first Subaru I have owned. Had it 2.5 yrs  no issues until now. It only has a little over 11K miles and the front rotors are warped and need  replacing. Hoping Subaru will go good for them but I am guessing they wont be covered under warranty. Never had a new veh need brakes so soon. Anyone else have problems with so low miles and brake issues on a Subaru?
It should be covered. Subaru has one of the best factory warranties in the biz. Their 36mo/36000 mile bumper to bumper warranty is excellent. Covers brake pads and rotors. Obviously there are specs that have to be met but I'd be surprised if they don't cover that for you. It also covers wiper blades, headlight bulbs, and a slew of other items most manufacturers will only cover for 12mo/12000 miles.
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Harvey wrote
That's low mileage.  When I didn't drive my car everyday, the brakes (especially rear) were always fucked up. They rust fast if you don't drive regularly.
Isn't it nuts!!!???? Even cars in the showroom will have surface rust on them while sitting there. Unless a car has been peeped for storage, sitting around is one of the worst things for it.
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