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2003 trailblazer, tailgate does not stay up,

I think the struts(shocks?) on the gate are bad. Looks easy to replace. Is it

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You need to replace the little shock looking dealies,not sure what they are called,not expensive,dont buy from dealer,autozone should have them! and no not that hard to replace! GoodLuck!

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