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1998 Chevy Cavalier trunk release issue PLEASE HELP

Randomly last night by trunk decided it doesn't need to latch. this is aggravating. i have no desire to drive around looking like one of the beverly **** with duct tape holding my trunk closed and also do not have the money to take it to a mechanic for a few weeks. is there some way that I can fix this myself? the mechanism on the trunk itself will close around a ballpoint pen, so that piece seems to be in working order. there does not appear to be anything obstructing the hinges or the latch itself. any advice would be appreciated. thanks.

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Well I had the same problem after I ran into a tree from the back. I hadnt opened my trunk since the incident and when I finally opened it it wouldnt close.
If it will hold the ball point pen, then its not the lock mechanism. But If you look at the bar that it connects to, it might be obstructed. I had to hammer the hell out of the metal parts surrounding the bar to knock the metal parts down. And it closed. So the problem was that the connecting bar was too short. So try to knock all the metal around it to free it and make it a longer bar.

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When it locks around the pen and you pull up on the pen does it unlatch,wd-40 the latch,if it keeps popping up lube the cable thats attatched

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