Hassle-Free Ways to Change a Damaged Trunk Lid Pull Down Motor
You've probably moved your trunk lid up and down countless of times to load your cargo at the back of your car. But have you ever thought about the mechanism responsible for letting you do this easy task effortlessly? The trunk lid pull down motor ensures that you can move your vehicle's trunk lid smoothly. This component is prone to damage because of overuse. If you've been having problems opening or closing your vehicle's trunk lid, it may be high time for you to get its pull down motor replaced. Check out these following steps to easily do this task on your own:
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools that you'll need:
- Ratchet and socket set
- Replacement trunk lid pull down motor
- Owner's manual
- Clean rag
Step 1: Park your car on a clean and organized place to keep yourself comfortable while you work. This also keeps important automotive components from going missing.
Step 2: Open the hood of your car and find its battery. Disconnect its negative battery cable; it's important that you do this to avoid electric shocks while you're working with the electronic components of your car. Wrap the tip of the negative battery cable in a clean rag to make sure that it won't come into contact with the metal surfaces of other automotive components.
Step 3: Open your vehicle's trunk and detach the fasteners that are securing its trim panel in place. The type and location of the fasteners used for this may vary for every vehicle. Usually, the trim panels are held by push-pin retainers or net hooks. Consult your owner's manual to get a better idea of what fasteners you have to do away with, as well as the tools that you need to remove them.
Step 4: After successfully detaching the fasteners of the trim panel, you should now be able to pry it off from the trunk lid. Make sure that you do this carefully to keep the trim panel from getting damaged.
Step 5: Locate the trunk lid pull down motor and disconnect the wirings that are attached to it. If you're having trouble finding it, refer to your owner's manual again to see its exact location. Be careful not to tug the wirings too harshly.
Step 6: Unfasten the bolts that keep the pull down motor attached onto the vehicle's trunk lid. Remove them one at a time using your socket and ratchet set. Make sure that you place the bolts somewhere organized. You'll be using them again when installing the new pull down motor, so you have to keep them from getting misplaced.
Step 7: Remove the old and damaged trunk lid pull down motor from the vehicle.
Step 8: Place the replacement trunk lid pull down motor in its proper mounting location and secure it using the same set of bolts that you removed prior to this step. Make sure that you apply just the right amount of torque to avoid any complications.
Step 9: Plug the wirings into the new trunk lid pull down motor.
Step 10: Reattach the trim panel of the trunk.
This easy DIY replacement procedure may take just around 30 minutes to finish.