My trunk lid won't shut. It won't latch. There are no obstructions. When I look at the latch, it seems like the little "clip" inside is in the wrong position. I've tried moving it, but with no avail. I don't have/can't buy any lubricant. Is this even the issue?
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Re: Trunk lid wont shut
From your comment seems the lacht mec.is closed ,have someone pull the release cable from ins. of car or on trunk with key, turn key and hold or same with release cable pull and hold,put screw driver in latch hole,pull latch out,if it doesnt work you may have to change latch
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Trunk lights usually turn off through the latch which is located in the trunk lid. It would be located to the inside of the trunk under the license plate. There should be some wires going to the mechanism. You can open the trunk and use a screwdriver to activate the latch and simulate what happens when the trunk is shut. Move the latch back and forth a little and see what happens. There may be a bad connection or faulty latch mechanism.
Hi Kathleen lets try with a spare key to unlock trunk if that fails try with any key and a little WD 40. If none of these suggestions work then I'm gonna say that the rod that connects the key to the latch is disconnected or damaged. Gonna require pulling down rear seats using a flashlight, pulling down carpet that is in center of trunk above the latch and remove either 2 or 3 (amount)10 or 8mm (size)bolts that holds latch to inside of trunklid . Once removed the latch will stay on the lock hoop and the trunk should open. Afterwards you have to inspect the trunk lid to determine whether the clip that hold the rod is damaged and needs replacement. Good luck
Check to make sure there is nothing obstruction the actual trunk lid from closing. If not, check to make sure the arms holding the lid on aren't damaged, and that they have the full range of movement. If not, then check that the latching mechanism isn't broken or obstructed.
CHECK FOR LOOSE BOLTS AT THE LATCH STRIKER IF BOLTS LOOSE MOVE STRIKER TO CORRECT POSITION SLOWLY CLOSE TRUNK LID UNTIL THE TRUNK LID LATCH AND LATCH STRIKER COME IN CONTACT TO CLOSE TRUNK.ONCE BOTH ADJUSTMENTS CORRECT. TIGHTEN THE LATCH STRIKER BOLTS TRUNK SHOULD NOW CLOSE.
The trunk release rod is made of plastic and it is adjustable, it came
apart. You have to fold down the back seat, remove the trunk lid liner
and pull on on the plastic piece connected to the latch mechanism on the
deck lid. It is a little difficult but is the only way to get in. You
can buy the plastic piece from V.W. its cheap. When you install the new
piece, use a screw driver to close the latch and try to open it with
your key fob or button, this way you won't shut it and not be able to
open it because it is not adjusted properly. there should be very little
play (movement) between pod and latch if adjusted correctly. The rod
connects to a vacuum pod for the key fob to operate the trunk remotely.
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there is a little finger in the latch that closes when the trunk is closed chances are that the little finger has closed but the trunk is still open... this can be fixed by looking at the latch on the lid you will see a slot with a metal arm in the middle take a screw driver and place it in the hole in the slot at the top. press the button on the fob to open the trunk while your pulling down on the screw driver the little latch should twist letting the screw driver move through the track and pop out now alowing you to close the trunk and being happy again.
You will have to get in the trunk through the back seats, and try and unbolt the latch catch off of the body. Then you will probably have to change both parts if you cannot get the catch out of the latch.
You can adjust the trunk lid by loosening the bolts at the hinges. If that wont work then there is a micro switch incorporated within the trunk latch. You will need to replace the entire latch unit unfortunatly.