1996 Lincoln town car. Powered trunk stopped working. it wont pull the trunk closed. this happend six months ago, after opening and closing for 30 mins or so it closed. Well i lent my car out and forgot to mention the trunk problem. got it back today, it wont pull closed.
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Re: Trunk wont pull shut.
You have a pull down switch that activates the pull down motor for the trunk lid to close. The manufacture of this part supplies this to Ford & General Motors vehicles. You can go to a Cadillac dealership & purchase this part far cheaper than at Ford. I use to work at a GM dearlership & my neighboring Ford dealer would order this part from me for the cost of mine where less than the cost from Ford. Figure those guys out at Ford. No wonder they don't need a goverment bailout
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There is a motor back there. You gently push the trunk lid down, then the motor pulls it closed. Fuse #8 15 amp, but usually people damage this system by slamming the trunk lid, then the motor needs replaced. I hope that's not the case; they are $$$ not cheap. if the door locks and the power mirrors work, this fuse is good.
look under the cover under the trunk lid, and the motor that pulls the lid down. sometimes the bolts come loose and the motor slides, or a wire is loose on the motor or the fuse is blown. good luck and let me know if I can help more.
This car should be equipped with a trunk closing motor. If they wear out they will not pull the trunk firmly closed. If you have a standard latch or other you can try to adjust it by 1) open trunk 2) loosen the two bolts that hold the latch to the trunk lid and moving the latch just slightly higher and retightening the bolts. A couple of tries should do it. Thanks for asking at Fixya.com.
The trunk latch contains a switch which closes when the trunk lid is pushed closed by hand, then this switch sends power to the trunk lid pull down motor which then finishes closing the trunk lid. Often the switch or motor will go bad and the whole thing will stop working. It takes a little testing to figure out which part is at fault but they are usually quite easy to fix.
under the trunk lip (directly where the latch goes into the lock jaws; remove the carpet so that you can see the side of the trunk latch; on the latch jaws (bottom) is a switch that contacts the latch (top) this switch is broken or, mis-aligned it opens (stops the trunk motor) when the latch contacts it.
All you have to do is bring it in and it takes 2 minutes...to make it like a regular manual car trunk...they tap the part where it closes and it works just like a regular trunk. Much better because I always thought I'd get my hand caught in the automatic. One of the guys at the Service Center did it for me in 2 minutes for free:)) Don't get a new motor just make it manual. Plus the trunk open switch still works as usual.
check the pull down motor toensure it has not been broken, i have heard of this before and the problem was when it got slammed it broke the motor. as far as not latching release the trunk and see if it will operate normal. if not lightly press it downand see if it will latch than, the semi-cirle catch must be open and will look like a small mouth when it is opened up.
There is a black flat switch handle immediately to the right side of the latch. Press that switch handle and the latch will make a noise and rise slightly. Then when you shut the deck, the switch activates and recesses, pulling the deck lid down to the fully closed position.