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1998 Chevy Cavalier trunk lock mechanism

The trunk quit opening with either the key or inside latch. The plastic mechanism which holds both of the cables together and puts pressure on the lock to release when the cables are pulled it was broken. What do you call that gadget? Does anyone have a diagram of the assembly?

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I used a screw where the other one broke off to hold it in place, it needs to be a short one like a tek screw if you know what that is just drill it out first so the screw does'nt snap the plastic

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