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Thread: Cant close my trunk

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    Cant close my trunk

    I pushed the button to open the trunk and gently closed it like always and the thing sucked but the trunk didnt latch. The part that you put the key in to turn is fine but the part of it on the inside of the trunk lid won't latch on to the electrical pully. Is that hard to replace?.

    I have a 1991 Sedan Deville


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    Re: Cant close my trunk

    Did you try opening it again? Maybe something just got stuck. The latch should be pretty easy to change if that is what's wrong.

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    Re: Cant close my trunk

    Yup I tried opening it again with the key and using the button in the glove box. you know how that piece clamps on the attachment that keeps the trunk closed. The part that clamps is the part thats not clamping. I can manuely clamp it but it bounces back to unlocked. I noticed a little metal clip on the inside of it that looks like its bent out of place.

    I dont understand how you understand what Im talking about. I dont know what anythings called.

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    Re: Cant close my trunk

    I suppose I can get one from the junk yard. I removed it today and it looks like it was previously damaged.

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    Re: Cant close my trunk

    Quote Originally Posted by MrSmith
    I dont understand how you understand what Im talking about. I dont know what anythings called.
    I had a problem with the latch part on another car before and I just changed it with another one to fix it. I guess that's why I know what you're talking about
    I'd just try getting one from a junk yard. It shouldn't cost too much.

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    Re: Cant close my trunk

    Cost about $7.50 at the junk yard today, put it on and it was a simple 5 minutes. Now I have a new problem. When I open the trunk either by button or key it acts as though the pully had pulled it down to far and pops!as though its braking free. Its not like I can put the linkage on wrong because there are only 2 screws and two alignment clips to help keep it straight. I removed my battery because I had to replace a coolant line and I went to the trunk without the button but the Key. When I turned the Key it went pop! as it opened {the pully didnt move because the battery was diconnected} so it looked as though it was down alittle to far but Im not sure. It closes as it should but opens with a hard pop. a pop so hard that you see the whole lic plate move and vibrate. I tried unlocking with the trunk allready opened and it worked fine, I also had the trunk pully move up and down to see if it pops or acts funny on its own and it was fine. Only when the 2 are linked does it pop.

    anyone have a solution??

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    Re: Cant close my trunk

    Next time hack the bodies up into smaller pieces... Sounds as if you've got the latch or striker misadjusted so that the servo is pulling the deck lid down too tight. loosen the mounting bolts and slide the offending component towards its mating part and snug up the fasteners. It's trial and error! A bit of lube on the pivot points won't hurt either.

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    Re: Cant close my trunk

    hack ..... smaller pieces..., Got it


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