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2006 Passat Trunk will not latch. The trunk switch doesn't engage

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  • grandpa ed Sep 16, 2008

    No warning of any kind. Its my grandaughters car. The switch doesn't cycle the trunk latch. No action at all. I could not find the fuse block to even check them. The gas lid switch next to the trunk switch works okay. Thanks for your help.

  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2008

    I have the same problem, I think. When I try to shut the trunk on my '06 Passat it will not latch and the trunk will not stay closed. It seems to be a cold weather problem. I've worked the latch manually and whatever is supposed to catch the latch and secure it seems to need lubrication or something. I've randomly sprayed WD-40 into the latch but it does no good. VW must have a problem with this as my service rep at the VW dealer said he has had more than a few similar problems and replacement parts are getting harder to get.

  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2008

    My 2006 VW Jetta does the same thing. During the colder months I am unable to get my trunk to latch. It will seem as if it is closed but then when I turn on the car the trunk ajar symbol comes on. If I ignore this and think that the trunk is surely closed because I cannot pull it open, sure enough it pops open while I am driving. The only way I can assure it is closed is if when I push the locked button on my key the car will make the lock beep when I close the trunk and it truly latches.

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    I have a 2005 "55" plate Passat and have the same fault over the last two weeks, "Truck (Boot) ajar warning on dash, unable to close Trunk (Boot), or if I can get it to latch, the warning light stays on and the Trunk (Boot) pops open. I have owned the car from new and this is the first winter that I have had this problem.

  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2009

    I have an 06 jetta as well that is leased, the trunk does not open or close, what is the part number for the trunk switch? also the fan started to work really loud. Its been 37 months and the car is falling apart slowly. I think I would stay away from VW.



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A motor is used to release the latch. A spring is used to retract the spindle that the motor drives to release the latch. The spring becomes too weak to pull the spindle back and thus keeps the latch from latching. This was on a 2006 Jetta. I had to remove the latch mechanism and disassemble the latch itself to get to the spring. I separated the spring and re-assembled it. It is working well now.

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I had a similar problem with my 2006 Jetta.

Basically, on the left hand side of the trunk, there is a rubber hose that runs alongside the closing mechanism, hidden by a flimsy plastic guard.

Through basic use, this guard cracked, and part of it and the hose would get in the way of the mechanism, preventing it from locking/closing properly.

So I removed the broken guard, and used electrical tape instead to keep the hose out of the way of the closing mechanism.

Really, though, VW should do something about this. I didn't find out it was the cause of this problem until closing the trunk, having it secure but not "beep" and pushing down on parts of the trunk until I received the "beep" signifying all doors were locked.

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Do you have a trunk ajar warning? Not sure what you are asking exactly, a little more info please.

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