What to know about the Trunk Latch:
The trunk latch is the device that holds a trunk closed. When the trunk latch is engaged, the trunk can only be opened by a handheld remote or a key.
In most new cars, a trunk latch works much the same as a door latch. In general, two mechanisms make up the trunk latch: the U shaped anchor, which sits in the frame of the vehicle, and the latching mechanism in the lid to the trunk. Either or both pieces could fail, causing the trunk latch to malfunction. The trunk latch can be triggered with the same handheld remote that opens the car door.
Older cars generally use a cylinder system that can be opened with a key. This system operates using a cylinder and striker, and the key that is used generally matches the door locks. The latch that holds the trunk locked is located in the striker.
Facts to Note:
While this may not seem like a serious issue, if the trunk latch opens suddenly in traffic, debris could be blown out of your trunk and into the path of other vehicles.
How to Fix:
The trunk latch is confirmed to need replaced
The faulty trunk latch is detached
The new trunk latch is installed
The inside trim panel is reinstalled to complete repair
The trunk is checked for correct operation
If you suspect that the trunk latch has failed, or is about to fail, call your expert mechanics to analyze the trunk latch. There are different parts that make up the trunk latch, so it’s essential to know which part is failing before repairs are begun.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Trunk Latch:
Trunk won’t stay closed
Trunk has to be slammed hard to get the latch to engage
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Latch comes open if the car is jostled, such as hitting a bump or stopping suddenly
Importance of this service:
While it may not be a vast deal to the driver, it will be a huge deal to anyone who ends up with a trunk load of groceries in their path if items are blown out of an open trunk. Any items secured in the trunk may not be safe.