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ok i open my trunk today closed when into class came out and dic says trunk open i go to look and its not pulling the trunk down. when i press the trunk botton it makes the clunking sound so could it be the motor? how can i tell if its the motor? and where do i start its ugly having the trunk a little open lol
 

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The motor is pretty easy to disassemble once it is removed. Then you can check the gears, windings, switch contacts and brushes. Mine went bad once and I replaced the brushes and it was as good as new. Just watch how things come apart.
 

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The motor is pretty easy to disassemble once it is removed. Then you can check the gears, windings, switch contacts and brushes. Mine went bad once and I replaced the brushes and it was as good as new. Just watch how things come apart.
shoot im just going to get a new one but till then one i took the motor out i saw it has 2 big star screws do i have to take those out to put the latch down?
 

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It's been so long I don't remember. It's one of those things I have to see.
 

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i went to lkq and got the whole unit out of a 96 deville for 15 dollars. all i had to replace was a black switch.
 

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Put the motor back (you dont even have to screw it on) and take two paper clips. One paper clip goes to the black wire and the other to the orange wire. Dont let the paperclips touch eachother; you will burn the fuse and be without radio. Then touch the wires to the two terminals on the motor. If it goes in the wrong direction just wire it the other way. Then try to close the trunk. If it's too far down the trunk wont close. Shove something in the hole where the motor was afterwards, otherwise your trunk will gradually open as you drive. You can also take out those screws like you said and manually adjust it, but by hotwiring the motor you are eliminating that as the problem, or proving that it is the problem.

90% of the time, from my experience, the paddle switch on top of the motor is what starts acting up. On mine I drilled out the rivets , cleaned the contacts inside and then bought some screws at ACE to replace the rivets. On my dads it was the connection between the paddle switch and the motor. I took a file and cleaned the contact surfaces and then bent them to give a stronger contact.
 

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ok i got it i had to pull the latch out and turn it like i was opening a coke bottle it took 30 mins to get a near close to fit im going to junk yard this weekend
 

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Glad you got it figured out, but don't throw that one away. Take it apart and figure out what is wrong with it. I know it is repairable.
 
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