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2008 kia optima trunk wont latch

I slammed a towel in the trunk accidentally and now it won't latch shut. This happened once before and a mechanic fixed it for free. It would be alot easier if I could just fix it myself.

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Make sure it is not binding/sticking where you pull the release cable.

Drench the entire works in WD-40. Push it back and forth until it moves with no resistance.

Make sure the part that hooks onto the latch hasn't come loose enough to not slide over when it makes contact.

If that doesn't work, take the whole thing off. You'll have to anyway to replace it. Chances are with it disassembled you'll see what's wrong.

Posted on May 24, 2009

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Any repair shop (body shop or auto repair shop) should be able to handle trunk repair. You may want to look through your local yellow pages. Have you tried spraying a lubricant into the latch assembly, sometimes it help to lube it and use a screw driver to flip latch/lock to locked position and then release with key or trunk release button several times. Rust is prone to jam locks and latches. Most local auto parts stores carry these latches in stock, and it is relatively easy to change out. Let me know if you need further help.

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SOURCE: Trunk won't latch closed

move the latch up slamming it knock it lower

Posted on Sep 02, 2012

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