What to know about the Trunk Latch Release Cable:
In some vehicles, the trunk latch release cable permits the driver to press a knob from the cabin to open the trunk; in others, it is a mechanical lever inside the vehicle that the driver pulls. It works similarly to the hood latch release system, but has the benefits of a secondary (and sometimes tertiary) opening system in case of trunk latch release cable failure. A mechanically-released trunk latch release cable runs from the lever to the latch inside your trunk. When the release is pulled, the cable pulls the trunk latch release to open the trunk. In a trunk release with an electric button, the cable runs from an electrical actuator to the trunk latch. If the cable breaks at any point, the in-cab trunk opening system won’t operate. Drivers will need to use their key to open the trunk (or the trunk latch release on their remote/key fob). If the cable becomes seized, the cable could get stuck in the open position, not letting the trunk to latch closed.
SEE ALSO:HOW TO DO TRUNK LATCH ADJUSTMENT
Facts to Note:
It is tough to confirm the condition of the trunk latch release cable visually, as it is completely hidden.
The cable should last the lifetime of the vehicle, but it can be damaged by corrosion or excessive physical force.
How to Fix:
The vehicle trunk is opened and any trim paneling is detached for easy access to the cable
The faulty cable is removed from the latch and the interior
The new cable is installed and connected to the latch and control handle
The trim paneling is reinstalled
The trunk latch release system is tested for proper operation
If the trunk latch release isn’t operable from the interior button/release, but the trunk opens by using the key, the release cable is likely broken or seized. Have one of your expert mechanics change the trunk latch release cable.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Trunk Latch Release Cable:
Pressing the release button in the cabin does not open the trunk/release the latch
Trunk is only operable with the key
Trunk will not latch closed
Importance of this service:
Because your trunk has more than one means of opening, changing your trunk latch release cable is not a high priority. This is a convenience feature rather than one integral to safety or vehicle operation. Have the trunk release cable changed at your convenience.