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Switch trunk lids and keeping my orig. lock

Have trouble getting the trunk to latch. turning key does nothing ?

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If you took the trunk lid off another car and put it on your car, you are going to have to adjust the lock (the part on the inside of the trunk lid) or striker plate or loop (the part on the lower part of the trunk that the lock latches around). no two cars will have the same adjustment of the trunk even though the parts are the same. There should be bolts or screws that you can loosen (not remove) that will allow you to move the lock or striker plate/loop. If you take lipstick and put it on one side of the trunk lock and close the trunk before you loosen the bolts or screws, you might get an idea about how to adjust the parts to make them meet up in proper alignment.

Good Luck

Posted on Dec 03, 2008

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Trunk release works as intended when ignition is off and remote is used. when trunk is closed and ignition key is turned on, trunk opens and latch keeps clicking until key is turned off.


Hello James Squyres,

Of the 33 TSBs (tech service bulletins)...

I found nothin on your issue...

Going to the vehicle drawings... (I'm guessing you are considering keeping this beauty)...

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Nevertheless...
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Perusing the drawings...
The only source not shared with your manual ignition source appears to be through your "TRUNK RELEASE" function.. is sourced (without the ignition) through "THE TRUNK LID LATCH SWITCH"... (ground source).

I am thinking LATCHED (totally defective, replace) contacts there would cause your problem...

BUT... on further consideration...

The drawing show a total TRAVEL of the un-latched lock should completely open the ground circuit... reversing POLARITY of the motor and ready it for the LATCHING sequence...

To me...

It looks to be the trunk lock TRUNK-LID PULL DOWN MOTOR STRIKER SWITCHES... failing to release (change polarity) in the UP position...

Replace the "TRUNK-LID ADJAR" switch.
Everything SHOULD come up peaches...

As to why it is not an issue with manual control...
I'd need to be there with a Volt-Ohm Meter

(perhaps we could dialog)...

Happy hunting...

8/11/2016... post week-long silence

So... 9 DAYs later

little more dialog is not acceptable (?)
I'll go to my monolog:

If you don't know how to run a Volt-Ohm Meter
I'm wasting your time (GOOD DIGITAL $10).

Because of the POLARITY REVERSAL (to push the latch up (when radio-released))...
IS A GROND START SEQUENCE..!!

It is not reasonable to look beyond the mechanical contacts (which I ALREADY) noted... previously.

The full open motion
(at the end of the open cycle)...
Should push the contacts (to reverse polarity)... STOPPING THE UPWARD DIRECTION...
The battery contact (close sequence) is a BATTERY START SEQUENCE) is triggered by gentle push of the trunk lid into the LATCH.

It the travels down tightening the trunk-lid into place... and reversing the MOTOR POLARITY again at the FULL CLOSED POSITION

The ONLY thing that can keep the motor running is bad contact in the release switch... or (somebody) HAYWIRED it.

It would HAVE BEEN be nice to know if you UNDERSTAND the electro-mechanical nature of your lock assembly.

HAVE you done any rewiring (HAYWIRING) would be the PRIME CONCERN...

ELSE... It is the trunk latch contacts.

When last I looked ... those parts were still available...

and having spare parts for a collector quality car cannot be that DISTASTFUL...

I'd give it a TRY (I'm just saying)

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Just started today I cant get the trunk open. The key doesn't seem to turn all the way and the trunk release leaver located next to driver seat also will not open it.


You may have jammed some material into the latch. A rag or cloth or even paper can cause sudden binding on the latch to the point it won't open. Find a partner to assist you to press down firmly onto the trunk lid to try to relieve excess pressure on that latch, while the other person tries to turn the key and/ or pull that lever.

If that does not work, try the opposite force (ie. pulling upward on the trunk lid) and doing the same. If bad enough, this may take a while, with effort. But be careful NOT to break off your key in the lock cylinder.

If this fails, try accessing the trunk from the rear seat (even removing it). You may even see the culprit from there as the material will be stuck, requiring firm pulling to get it out of that latch.

If, when you finally do get the trunk open, if it turns out it was NOT an obstruction, your lock mechanism may just be bound up. To free it spray liberally with penetrating oil such as PB Blaster. Allow to soak a bit, then repeatedly rotate the lock with the key. It will soon work like new!

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Hi Annette, Im AL the owner of Big As Auto Repair.

Annette, if you are already able to get inside the trunk, remove the lever that goes to the lock actuator because the actuator may be locked up. Then see if it will open. NOTE: If the lock solenoid is mounted to the latch this will not work. If that doesn't help, then see if you can remove the bolts that hold the latch to the trunk and open the trunk that way so you can see better what the problem could be. Keep me posted at my auto-repair-website here: http://www.bigasautorepair.com/

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First, if it does need an actuator, you can save some money on labor getting it done at an idependent aftermarket shop rather than the dealer. Yes, the part will most likely have to come from the dealer, but let the shop deal with that. You do not have to pay dealership labor rates. It would pay to shop around.

Second, before any parts are purchaced, the actual CAUSE of the problem needs to be verified. Unfortunately, the ONLY way to do that is to get the trunk lid open and inspect the trunk lid latch components. If none of the three methods provided by the manufacturer for opening the trunk in a normal fashion will work, the trunk will have to be accessed by removing the back seat. Once the back seat is removed, a technician can reach into the trunk and remove the bolts that secure the trunk latch to get the trunk open. The latch parts can then be accessed to disassemble, inspect, and repair accordingly.

Please note that this is the ONLY way to do this without causing further damage to the vehicle. DO NOT allow anyone to attempt getting into the trunk any other way! (Do not use pry bars or screwdrivers on the trunk lid, key tumblers, etc..)

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Its probably a buildup of lubricant and dust that is making the latch stick and bind.Get some rags and put them around the latch.Get some wd40 and give it a really good spray.The wd40 will help to loosen the dirt etc.Leave it for 10mins and do it again.A toothbrush will help free up the dirt and the latch should work.can you hear the motor running when you use remote or key ?2 things that go bad on your car is trunk lock and trunk harness to see if is harness you bring remote and go to trunk push on lock and unlock see if you can hear any noise from the lock in trunk if no moving nosie is heard than your problem is in trunk wire harness ,but most the time problem is trunk lock they go bad more than the harness. when you go to trunk open you will see cover on the trunk lid hold with a clips you have to pry out all the clips and cover will come out in the trunk lid now that done you will need to unplug power from the trunk lock and lock from under front side you will see 2 bolts torx size t45 or t50 remove that and lock is out.Check the lock condition and movement manually.---------------
For more help on functions of your car please click on the link below:-- http://new.volvocars.com/ownersdocs/2002/2002_s60/02s60_07.htm#pg118 Thanks. Keep updated for any more query. You can rate this solution and show your appreciation.

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