I did not realise how important the gas struts are on the bonnet and boot lid of the XK8 and R's. On my car, one of the rear gas struts must have failed and then the other taking all the pressure ceased to work shortly thereafter. Propping up the boot lid with a piece of wood was not really a long term solution !.
These gas filled struts are really a consumable item and perhaps a pair of front and rear ones should be kept as spares. As the cars are getting older, the seals in the struts will eventually fail with usage and age - the gas may then slowly leak out leading to failure. If not replaced to support the bonnet or boot lid then this could cause a serious injury as these are heavy items.
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