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Jetta 2003, trunk won't lock

My car trunk won't lock. What should I do?

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  • alanbody Apr 23, 2012

    My Jetta is a 2005 model 2.0 diesal, I have trouble closing my boot sometimes it does, sometimes it don't, the only way I get it shut somtimes, is by bringing it down hard, does my Jetta have a spring in the latch as dicussed in your solution messages

  • norman bennett Jul 16, 2013

    Sorry my car is a mitsubishi lancer

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More than likely the spring inside the latch has come undone. To save some money you can remove the latch from the trunk, open the latch and reset the spring. To Remove the latch you will need to remove the carpeted cover on the trunk lid (there are about 10-15 phillips screws holding it on.) Once the cover is off disconnect the rod going to the latch by opening up the clip thats connected to the actuator. Disconnect the wire harness, Remove the 2 10mm Nuts holding the latch to the lid. Remove the black plastic cover on the latch and remove the electrical piece (the plastic cover wraps over the latch and is secured buy 2 plastic pressure snaps). Look down into the latch and you should see a small spring...on my Jetta the spring wasn't connected. take a small pointed object ( I used a light tester) and reattch the spring to the black hook. Mine had some broken plastic in it and After I removed that it worked fine. Once the spring is back into place reassemble the trunk and you should be good to go. No money spent, and it only takes about a half hour or 45 mins to do.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

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  • Neugy64 Oct 04, 2010

    I did the same thing, and the trunk works fine. I would love to know what the broken piece of plastic was, it was a hook of some sort.

  • tvine00 May 15, 2011

    Same exact thing on my car. The plastic piece is old covering on the metal latch that hits the striker

  • Brian Oct 13, 2011

    I just did the same thing. Thanks.

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    john_gonz877 Jun 03, 2012

    Thanks!! This happened to me and the spring was the problem. Nice free fix.

  • Scott Morin
    Scott Morin Jun 02, 2014

    Sorry for bringing up old posts, but I just did this to my jetta and it was so easy to do. Thanks so much for saving me from labor costs at the mechanic ;)

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I had the same problem ... the trunk won't lock or close -- if you look closely, the locking spring is probably broken (that was the case with my trunk). There's 3 ways to solve this... unfortunately, they all involves spending money:

1. buy the lock piece from your VW parts and replace it yourself
2. buy the lock piece from your VW parts and ask a local mechanic to replace it.
3. (easiest but cost the most) take your VW to your dealership and ask the service department to fix it.

I went with #2, I bought the locking piece from VW dealer and took it to a trusted local mechanic, the lock is once more working. Hope that helps!

Posted on Dec 19, 2008

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This solution works just great. The hardest part was reattaching the spring onto the post on the locking lever, I took a shrimp deshelling utensil from my silverware drawer to maneuver the spring back into position.

Posted on Oct 23, 2011

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SOURCE: trunk lock repair for 2002 Volkswagen Jetta

you must remove the internal felt covering that is on the inside of the trunk. This does take some force, but don't be afraid to pull hard, you will most likely not break any of the attachments on the felt cover. On the right hand side of the truck there is a handle right next to the license plate, it will take some finagling to get this to disconnect. Again, brute force dexterity and a flashlight are your best bet.

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SOURCE: 1998 vw jetta trunk key locked inside,is ther a latch?

there is a button to pop the trunk,  when u lift the little compartment between the two front seats... took me a while to find it myself lol

Posted on Feb 06, 2009

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SOURCE: 2003 VW Jetta trunk does not open

most likely cause is latch cover plastic has broken and got lodged in the latch mechanism. now the fun part, fold down back seat , slide into trunk with a phillips screwdriver a flashlight and a large strait blade screwdriver, once in trunk remove trunk cover, then with strait blade unlatch the trunk. once lid is open remove latch and take out broken plastic to free up latch and reinstall then retest before closing trunk.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009

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SOURCE: VW Jetta 2003 1.9 TDI trunk does not want to open with remote

It is your wiring coming out of the trunk on the left side. One of the wire are cut because in cold weather when you open the trunk, wire can't move easily in the plastic tube. Sorry for my english.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009

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Hi there? It sounds like the car is ranning on limp mode. Is the engine managment light on? if so, the air flow meter can cause this simptons. If you disconnect the air flow meter which is located next to the air filter box, it should improve it if it is disconnected, don't worry this will not cause any problems.
If it improves it by disconnecting the air flow meter then you'll need a new air flow meter..
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