How Long Does a Trunk Striker Plate Last?

Most people use their trunk on a daily basis and never give a second thought to what it takes to make it function. A trunk is just like the front door of a home in regards to what it takes to keep it closed. There is a striker plate mounted on the bottom side of the lid and when the trunk is closed, the latch will go into this plate. Without the striker plate working as it should, the trunk will not be able to close. Each time that you use the trunk of your car, you will need the striker plate to function as intended.

For the most part, the trunk striker plate is intended to last a lifetime, but there are a variety of issues that can lead to it having to be replaced. The more use that the striker plate gets, the higher the probability of it having to be replaced will be. Over time, the metal plate can become bent or damaged, which will prohibit it from working like it is supposed to. The longer that you wait to get this problem fixed, the harder you will find it to operate the trunk of the vehicle as intended.

When trying to get the striker plate replace, you will quickly realize that it is not nearly as easy as you think. Removing the damaged striker plate and installing the new will take a good bit of skill. If the new striker plate is not installed properly, then it will usually lead to the trunk not functioning. The best course of action when in need of getting this type of repair done is to find the right professionals. They will be able to get your trunk back working in no time at all.

The following are some of the things that you may notice when it comes time to have your trunk striker plate replaced:

  • The trunk lid is very loose
  • It is difficult to get the trunk to close
  • The trunk opens without being unlocked
  • There is visible damage on the striker plate

Having the damaged striker plate replaced quickly will allow you to keep your trunk usable without interruption. Have a certified mechanic replace the failing trunk striker plate to eliminate any further problems with your vehicle.


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