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As soon as I am opening the trunk on my 07' Dodge Caliber SXT it just closes right away unless I am standing there holding it up. It starts to get really annoying having the hatch back hit my head every time I am trying to load/unload something.

The problem started last winter, and at first it only occurred when it was really cold outside (below zero temperature) and I was parking on a hill (my driveway). Then this spring when it got warmer it started to work fine again, until now, when the temperature outside went down below 40F. Now it is a lot worse, the trunk won't even stay open when my Caliber is parked leveled.

Is this a warranty issue? Is this something I can fix this myself, then how? Do I have to take it to a work shop? Anyone else having the same problem? Would it be expensive to fix?
 

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You need to replace the gas charged liftgate props. They are simple to unbolt and put new ones on. If you still have warranty left, they may be covered, but I suspect they will be considered a wear item.
 

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You can get the liftgate struts from NAPA (about $30.00 each) - they are usually a DIY repair project.
 

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You can also get them from Autozone or Advance Auto Parts. Prices vary depending on what length you need.
 

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After a search this thread is the closest I could find to the problem I'm having except it's just the opposite. Over the past couple days I've noticed the trunk is a bit more difficult to close than it used to be. Can the gas struts be lubricated? If yes, with what?
 

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After a search this thread is the closest I could find to the problem I'm having except it's just the opposite. Over the past couple days I've noticed the trunk is a bit more difficult to close than it used to be. Can the gas struts be lubricated? If yes, with what?
Try some silicone spray lubricant.
 

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Mine is getting harder to pull down initially - so I'll need to lube.
The latching operation is fine.
 
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