Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New Zealand
Mine were weak when I got the car, and I had them re-gassed the first day I got home. Costs very little (about a tenner in your money). Quick phone call, a guy turns up in a van 15 minutes later, removes each strut, places it in a sealed tube, pressurises the tube with nitrogen. Gas is forced in past the strut seals. Strut instantly becomes many times stronger and stays that way for a long time. After all, it took years for the gas to escape - it doesn't all leak out at once!
Usually no need for new struts, though the same guy sells them out of his van and pressurises them in the same way before fitting.
Just don't be tempted to have the bootlid struts re-gassed, otherwise the lid will fly open and be hard to close (Spider, at least). Those struts only require a very light pressure. Re-gassing them made them too strong, so I bought new ones, which the guy charged up to half the pressure. Still too strong, so I swapped them with my 156's bonnet struts. Perfect solution as those were getting a little weak for bonnet duty but ideal for the Spider's boot lid. The new struts on the 156 lift the bonnet out of your hands.
'00 GTV V6, '08 FIAT 500, shell and parts for a '71 FIAT 850 Coupe
Last edited by alexGS; 23-05-12 at 15:34.