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What is the bottom part of the trunk latch, where the trunk latches shut, called?

2001 chevy cavelier trunk latch

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It is usually referred to as a trunk catch.

Posted on May 01, 2017

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Same problem here. I finally got it after soaking the bottom latch with WD40 for a week. I ended up cutting the bottom rubber seal OFF below the latch. With a BMF screwdriver and hammer and three swings...it opened. The bottom of the latch has an "L" shaped metal guide-this is not the latch. Beside that, towards the rear of the truck, is the latch. The bottom part of the latch must be forced towards the cab and upwards at about a 45 degree angle. After removing the part I could see that it couldn't be unlatched from the inside no matter how much lubricant, heat, cussing or beer drinking I did. TOTAL COST: Latch-about $58 dollars (dealer item only)
Rubber seal- $25 or so
Beer-$22

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

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SOURCE: trunk latch wont hold shut on my 02 cavalier

Make sure it is not binding/sticking where you pull the release cable.

Drench the entire works in WD-40. Push it back and forth until it moves with no resistance.

Make sure the part that hooks onto the latch hasn't come loose enough to not slide over when it makes contact.

If that doesn't work, take the whole thing off. You'll have to anyway to replace it. Chances are with it disassembled you'll see what's wrong.

Posted on May 24, 2009

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you must adjust the trunk latch for this to work properly,up or down.

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SOURCE: 2001 Chevy Cavalier Trunk won't shut

It may just be the latch is worn out. They can be replaced.

Posted on Jan 04, 2010

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SOURCE: Lincoln trunk motor/latch

MY MOTOR WAS GOOD< SWITCH WAS BAD..........
I have a 93 Town with same issue. After troubleshooting it I found the motor was fine but the switch on the motor assembly was the problem. Part Nr. 16601101. I did some searching on the internet but could not locate a replacement. I drilled out the brass rivets, opened it up and cleaned all the contacts. It was easy to see the problem -17 years of dust/dirt/wear. It's now working again. Not sure how long it will last. Some of the contact strips inside were a bit worn. I'll have to hunt up a new switch next time it goes.

Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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I have a 2004 chevy cavalier and the trunk latch won't click into place and close fully, therefore the trunk won't close fully.


yes that could be the problem. try this putt your key in to the lock and turn it to unlock it , check to see if latch is open ,while still holding the key in the unlock position close the trunk and relock it with the key while pushing down on the hood at the same time. replace the lock when you can .there is no quick fix for this unless u use a bungee cord for it .

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My 2001 mistubushi mirage trunk wont shut


make sure the interior release is not stuck in the up position and does not feel 'sloppy' then spray some WD-40 in the key hole and work the lock to make sure it is free. if that doesn't work take a small screwdriver and push it into the latch an the lid. If it catches the screwdriver then the latch needs to be adjusted closer to the hasp on the body of the car. Find and loosen the bolts that hold the latch in place just enough so they are finger tight then push it down some. re-tighten and test. If the latch does not catch the screwdriver then disconect the intereor release cable and see if that works. If not then you probably need a new latch.

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My trunk wont shut on my 1991 buick park ave. Is the bottom part of the latch supossed to be at an angle?


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.

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i dont know how common , but i had a few with latch problems,both neede replacing, theres a spring that let go and wouldnt latch after shutting the trunk,and also had one that latched before the trunk was closed and all that need was to turn the key in the lock and pop latch back open,

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1996 Lincoln Town Car trunk motor won't shut off


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.

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2001 Chevy Cavalier Trunk won't shut


It may just be the latch is worn out. They can be replaced.

Jan 04, 2010 | 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Believe its the trunk lock actuator. Thanks Josh

Nov 22, 2009 | 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier

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I have a 2002 chevy cavelier, i used the button on the dash to open the trunk, now the trunk will not latch when i close it.


Try pushing the button under the dash back into its normal 'unactivated' position, and see if the trunk will latch shut. It could be a sticky latch mechanism in the trunk, which some silicone lubricant or WD40 might help to free up. Check also that the latch has not actually returned to the 'locked' position prior to trying to close the trunk. That would definitely stop you from closing the trunk properly! Try unlocking the trunk latching mechanism again.

Jun 08, 2009 | 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Trunk latch wont hold shut on my 02 cavalier


Make sure it is not binding/sticking where you pull the release cable.

Drench the entire works in WD-40. Push it back and forth until it moves with no resistance.

Make sure the part that hooks onto the latch hasn't come loose enough to not slide over when it makes contact.

If that doesn't work, take the whole thing off. You'll have to anyway to replace it. Chances are with it disassembled you'll see what's wrong.

May 24, 2009 | 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Trunk will not latch?? or stay shut


I bought some grease and sprayed all the trunk latch pieces but then I found out the problem. On the bottom part of the latch [not the lid but the attached part] there is a spring that has a rubber pad that has to be compressed when the lid closes to completely latch. I noticed the side of the latch on the trunk lid had scratches from the latch slipping past the rubber pad on the spring. The solution was easy. I took a screw driver and wedged the padded area so it would make direct contact and now it latches just fine.

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