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Rear lid wont lock

I believe the actuator needs replacing, is there anyway to manually get the lid to lock and unlock?

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There's no easy solution. Assuming you have a keyless remote and that isn't doing the job. The key in the trunk lid must not be working either. There is a way to crawl through the back seat and manually open the trunk lid, but that's a less than hospitable solution (especially if you have items in your trunk. I've changed the actuator in my daughter's 1998 beetle, and it's not an impossible repair for a novice. Sometimes it's a bad actuator, other times the actuator simply needs to be re-aligned so that operate properly. Dealer cost to do the repair will likely be about $150.

Bottom line, no easy manual solution to the problem, sorry.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009


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