What to know about the Trunk Striker Plate:
Your car’s hood, doors and trunk all operate on the same principle as your home’s front door. In order to close securely, they require a latch and a striker plate – the latch interfaces with the striker plate, and closes when contact is made. With the trunk, the striker plate is positioned at the bottom of the trunk lip, while the latch is fixed to the trunk lid. When the trunk closes, the latch secures within or around the striker plate. The most basic example of a striker plate is a flat piece of metal with a raised hook in the center. The trunk’s latch connects with a moving, spring-loaded latch, and then closes around it, creating a secure hold. If the trunk striker is broken or misaligned, the trunk will not be able to close or may come open in its own.
Facts to Note:
Trunk striker plates are subject to wear and tear through normal, everyday use, but rarely demand replacement.
Trunk striker plates are not part of regular automotive maintenance or inspections, but you can visually examine its condition during regular use.
How to Fix:
The defective trunk striker plate is identified
The faulty trunk striker plate is removed
The new trunk striker plate is fitted
The trunk striker plate is adjusted for proper trunk latch operation
The trunk is opened and closed to check trunk lid sealing and operation
The striker plate must line up correctly with the trunk latch, or the trunk will not close fully. Alternatively, an incorrect angle where the latch and plate connect will lead to significant premature wear and eventual failure. If your trunk striker plate is faulty, have one of your expert mechanics change it.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Trunk Striker Plate:
Trunk lid seems loose when closed
Difficult to latch the trunk closed
Trunk comes open on its own
Trunk striker plate shows visible signs of damage or wear
Importance of this service:
SEE ALSO:HOW TO TRUNK LATCH REPLACEMENT
A damaged trunk striker plate will not stop you from driving your vehicle, but it can stop the trunk from closing properly, and can cause it to open while the vehicle is in motion. We recommend having the striker plate replaced as soon as you can.