Owning vehicles over the years, I have had to replace a bunch of these pain in the butt gas filled struts. While they are easy to replace, having to rebuy them at $40+ a set every few years is not much fun. I would rather have a spring loaded hood or even a prop rod, however the 06 dak has gas filled struts.
I have taken to opening the hood while the truck is in the garage and not driven for several days, so they are extended and at rest and maybe the gas will not excape as fast as if they are in compression. That's my theory and maybe its wrong or right, so I am fishing for other opinions.
Or maybe the act of raising and lowering the hood lets more gas out and they poop out more quickly then if the hood was not opened. That theory sounds as reasonable as raising the hood to let them stretch out ?
Any suggestions are appreciated.