Secure Your Cargo: Ways to Replace a Faulty Trunk Latchssss
When the trunk latch on your vehicle starts to malfunction — the latch doesn't release or it gets stuck — this usually means that you need to repair the trunk latch in order to restore its functionality. Remember that storing items in the trunk requires a fully functional trunk latch to secure them inside. Over time, the moisture in the environment can cause the latch to corrode. To replace the component, simply refer to the steps below:
Difficulty level: Easy
Duration: 15-30 minutes
Things to be prepared:
- Air compressor
- Penetrating oil
- Lithium grease
Step 1: Park your vehicle on a level surface to properly assess the condition of the trunk latch. Once parked, engage the parking brake and go behind the car near the trunk.
Step 2: Test the trunk latch first. If the trunk of your vehicle uses a remote for control, then use the remote to open the trunk. If it doesn't open with the press of the button, then try to manually open it using the trunk key.
Step 3: Look for the manual trunk latch release method in your car, if your vehicle has that mechanism. In the case of a minivan, the trunk latch mechanism is usually situated behind a trim panel on the inner portion of the luggage area. Just pull on the emergency trunk release method to pop the trunk open.
Note: If you are having difficulty locating the latch mechanism on your car, refer to your service manual or ask an expert mechanic to help you out.
Step 4: Inspect the latch mechanism to see if there's any broken plastic part. If you find out that a certain part of it is indeed damaged, you might have to bring your car to a dealer or a repair shop to change these broken pieces. Do not proceed with the replacement until the plastic parts are fully repaired.
Step 5: Clean the latch mechanism by eliminating dirt and debris. You can do this by spraying compressed air into the latch method. Just be sure that you spray just the right amount of compressed air on the component to prevent damaging nearby parts.
Step 6: Get some lubricating oil and apply an ample amount to the gears of the latch method and hinges. To make sure that the oil penetrates into the moving parts, turn the key open and close the trunk latch.
Step 7: Grab some lithium grease and apply an ample amount to the hinges and other moving parts to keep them lubricated.
Step 8: Test the new trunk latch to see if the component has installed correctly. You should now be able to open and close the trunk seamlessly.
Tips and warnings:
- Always have your owner's manual ready to verify if your car has an emergency release cable dedicated for the trunk, and where it's located.
- If you have a sedan, then you might have to take out the back seat to reach inside the trunk and grab the manual trunk latch release mechanism.