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This is my first winter with the 2017 volt I purchased last May. It's cold now, somewhere between -15 and 0. I've noticed that the struts that hold up the rear hatch don't seem to do anything anymore. I'd suspect the cold weather reduced the pressure inside preventing it from working as intended. Has anyone else had a similar issue, or could mine have broken?

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Hi Guys

This is my first winter with the 2017 volt I purchased last May. It's cold now, somewhere between -15 and 0. I've noticed that the struts that hold up the rear hatch don't seem to do anything anymore. I'd suspect the cold weather reduced the pressure inside preventing it from working as intended. Has anyone else had a similar issue, or could mine have broken?

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I've noticed this too. It is probably just the cold temperatures shrinking the strut seals. I don't believe that the hatch struts are gas charged like some shock absorbers. The struts will probably return to normal once it warms up.
 

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I've noticed this too. It is probably just the cold temperatures shrinking the strut seals. I don't believe that the hatch struts are gas charged like some shock absorbers. The struts will probably return to normal once it warms up.
Mine still hold up, but it's definitely less strong in this frigid weather.
 

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They get weaker, but should still be able to support the weight of the hatch if it is fully open and there is no snow/ice weighing it down. If not, I would have it looked at. You can also prop it up with a rod to get by for now.
 

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I know mine don't work as well after installing a VoltShelf.
 

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The struts in my Volt failed within a few weeks of ownership back in 2015 - they wouldn't hold up the hatch at all. And I live in a warm climate. They were replaced under warranty and I haven't had any issues with them since.
 

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We're having a warm winter here in Santa Fe, but overnight temps will dip below 20f most of the time, and I drive my 2018 LT every day. My rear hatch shows no signs of weakness in the struts. Maybe it has to get colder than 20f.
 

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Here in OH we've been experiencing cold temperatures between -5 F and 15 F the past few weeks. Rear hatch struts still seem to work fine on 2016 Volt
 
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