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Trunk woill not close

I have a 2004 Kia optima and the trunk of my car will not close

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  • KathyCNY Mar 25, 2009

    I have encountered a similar problem just this winter. Because of the trunk lid's design, when you open it, 'stuff' seems to slide down into the area that the lid sits in. I accumulate many pine needles, leaves, etc. However, one night during a freezing rain/sleet occurrence, I opened the lid to put packages in and the lid would not shut because ice and slush slid down into the area around the lid. It took me several attemps, using a table knife, to get EVERYTHING out of there and eventually was able to close the lid and make the trunk ajar indicator go off.

    Trouble is, since then, I've encountered the problem every time I open the lid and close it again. I may have discovered part of the problem today, as there really wasn't anything to clean out of there, but I noticed on the driver's side of the trunk lid, there is a sort of hose that seemed to have gotten underneath the closure mechanism. I gently eased it out and shut the lid and the indicator went out. None of this may help you but thought I'd toss it out for you. Good luck!



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Look at the latch and see if it's already in it's locked position. This will cause the trunk to not latch. Id so you must turn the key while puling open the c shaped clip.

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