courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man
I love your column and have learned much from it. Do you have any suggestions for getting the hatchback on my 1994 Geo Metro to stay open? It will sometimes stay in warm weather, but anywhere below freezing, it falls right down. It's very annoying to load and unload groceries while using one hand to keep the hatchback up!
Jessie, a South Dakota fan
I bet the little pistons are shot. They look like little shock absorbers. It is very common for those to wear out over time. Most auto part stores carry them and the change should be something you can do yourself. However, in the mean time, you can get a board or a baseball bat to keep that door open and stop falling on your head!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
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