Honda Civic Trunk Lid
Useful Tips to Fix the Common Problems on Your Honda Civic Trunk Lid
Whether brand new or used, your Honda Civic trunk lid can get rusted, scratched, and misaligned overtime. To help you deal with these problems, here are some troubleshooting tips:
Your trunk lid may develop a few rust spots both on top or underside. When this happens, you have to act immediately to prevent the rust from spreading and from corroding the metal, which will require a costlier repair. To stop these rust spots from completely damaging the trunk lid of your Civic, you have to sand them using sandpapers or a power sander and brush tool if the affected area is large. Applying rust remover will also help in rust removal. Also, don't worry if the affected areas look somewhat deeper than the rest of the surface because you will fill these with a paste-like fiberglass solution after. Just remember to sand them once they harden to make the surface even, and then coat the entire trunk lid with primer before painting it.
Misaligned trunk lid
A common problem with a trunk lid is when it gets misaligned. Overtime, the bolts may get loosened from frequent use, causing your lid to not properly close. When this happens, water and other particles can freely enter your trunk, which can cause rust on the underside of the lid and water and dirt buildup inside the trunk. To avoid having these on your car, you have to make sure that your trunk lid is properly aligned. You can check this by measuring the bolts on both sides using a caliper. Remember, though, that you need to have an assistant to hold the lid while you loosen the bolts. If the measurements don't match, then adjust either of the two bolts. Also, make sure that the height of your lid on both sides is uniform so that it will perfectly fit when closed.
Having scratches on your trunk lid can be very annoying, especially if the paint gets damaged too. If the lid has shallow scratches, you can easily remove them by doing a good buff job. You can use an orbital polisher to also give your trunk lid the shine that it needs to cover up the light scratches. However, should the scratches be deep, you can't completely remedy them by simply polishing the area. You may need to repaint your trunk lid.