What to know about lubricating the trunk:
The trunk is a storage compartment usually situated at the rear of the vehicle. This area is reachable through either a lid or a door. The hinges allowing the door to open and close smoothly need to remain lubricated in order to operate appropriately.
Facts to Note:
Trunk doors can be quite hefty, causing more wear and tear on the hinge attaching it to the vehicle.
Heavy trunk doors and lids can be extremely hard to open if the hinges seize or jam.
Broken or bent hinges will not return to working condition through lubrication alone, additional repairs are necessary.
How to Fix:
Apply grease to the hinges and the latch.
At the first sign of noise or difficulty with opening or closing, lubricant should be applied to the hinges of a trunk door or lid. Before the application, the hinge or hinges should be checked for damage or mechanical problems. While this is being done, we recommend that other hinges around the exterior of the vehicle be checked and lubricated as well. If the lubricant on the hinges connecting the truck door or lid to the vehicle has depleted to the point of needing replacement, it is likely that other lubricated parts need servicing as well.
Common symptoms indicating you need to lubricate the trunk:
Opening or closing the trunk door or lid is tougher than it once was.
A loud squeaking noise is heard when the trunk door or lid is opened or closed.
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The trunk may not latch properly when closed.
Importance of this service:
This service is moderately essential, as trunk lids have a tendency to latch incorrectly or require multiple attempts at closing to stay shut. Not only is this very inconvenient, but the trunk could open while the vehicle is in motion. Regular lubrication will ensure smooth operation and prevent expensive repairs from being necessary in the future.