Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Trunk Latch

Our certified mechanics come to you · 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

GET A QUOTE Get a fair and transparent estimate upfront
Red-stars EXCELLENT RATING ON

Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Trunk Latch

Common signs include the trunk not shutting or locking and the trunk getting stuck closed. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Trunk Latch Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2004 Subaru Outback $214 $144.48 $70.00 14% $251.98
2008 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti $180 $110.47 $70.00 17% $217.97
2004 Ford Expedition $201 $130.66 $70.00 15% $238.16
2004 Mercedes-Benz CL500 $186 $59.99 $126.00 26% $253.49
2008 Audi TT $406 $321.62 $84.00 9% $450.62
2012 Jaguar XFR $459 $388.58 $70.00 7% $496.08
GET A QUOTE FOR YOUR CAR Get a fair and transparent estimate upfront

How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Trunk Latch?

trunk latch

In order to keep the contents inside your car or SUVs trunk, the trunk latch is utilized either mechanically or electronically. In vehicles manufactured prior to 1996, most of the trunk latches were mechanical in nature, while newer vehicles have electric powered latches with a manual key insert as a backup if the electronic portion fails. Regardless of what type of trunk latch you might have on your vehicle, from time to time, they will falter, wear out or simply break due to extensive use or other issues.

The trunk latch on most vehicles is a two-part system that includes the locking mechanism and a lower latch where the lock encapsulates once the trunk is closed. The latch on the top portion of the trunk is connected to a spring, which controls the operation of the upper latch mechanically (with the turn of a key) or electronically (as a solenoid is activated to spring the latch open). For the most part, this component is designed to last the entire lifespan of the vehicle; however, there are times when the trunk latch becomes damaged and requires replacement by a certified mechanic.

When the trunk latch is failing, broken, or is wearing out, it will display a few warning signs that might alert the driver that an issue exists before the part breaks. In most cases a trunk latch can be repaired if it's noticed early enough. Noted below are a few of the common warning signs or symptoms of a bad or failing trunk latch that indicates you should call to a local ASE certified mechanic for inspection or replacement.

Trunk does not shut or lock

The most common symptom that indicates that the latch itself is damaged is when the trunk will not shut or lock into place. This is typically caused by the top trunk latch mechanism being jammed closed and unable to open when the key is inserted or the remote is triggered to activate the electric solenoid. There are several small components inside the trunk latch housing that may be broken, stuck, or seized in place due to improper lubrication. The only way to fix this situation is to remove the trunk latch cover and physically inspect the components inside. In some cases the problematic component can be fixed, while most of the time, the mechanic will replace the trunk latch.

Trunk is stuck closed and locked

This typically occurs when the locking mechanism is damaged. On mechanical locks, the system works by inserting a key into the trunk latch slot and turning the key to the right or left. This activates a series of tumblers like any other lock and a spring to open the latch. Sometimes the spring inside the locking mechanism is damaged while in other cases it is caused by a broken tumbler. On electric operated trunk latches, this can be caused by a faulty solenoid which will not open when the remote or button inside the vehicle is pressed.

In either case, a mechanic should be called to review and fix this issue as soon as possible. Having access to the trunk is often a luxury for car owners, but the trunk typically contains spare tires and other safety equipment that won't be accessible in an emergency situation if the trunk latch is broken.

In most circumstances, the issues with the trunk latch are caused by electrical problems, as mechanical trunk locks were built extremely well in years past. If you notice that your trunk is having difficulty opening or closing, or remaining locked; contact a local ASE certified mechanic so they can replace the trunk latch or complete an inspection to verify what is wrong so they can repair it quickly and affordably for you.

Trunks

Fast and easy Trunk Latch Replacement service at your home or office.

GET A QUOTE FOR YOUR CAR
Get a fair and transparent estimate upfront

Recent Trunk Latch Replacement reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Trunk Latch Replacement Service

Average Rating

5/5

Number of Reviews

29

Rating Summary
29
0
0
0
0
29
0
0
0
0

Brandon

17 years of experience
489 reviews
Brandon
17 years of experience
Brandon is very courteous. Punctual Replaced the Truck latch on my Toyota within 15 min at my house. It was totally stress free. I’m a Happy customer. Thank you!
2001 TOYOTA AVALON - TRUNK LATCH REPLACEMENT - ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Dario

6 years of experience
50 reviews
Dario
6 years of experience
Dario came out and evaluated the problem got it fixed and answered all my questions very professional I loved the service thanks Darrio
2002 FORD FOCUS - TRUNK LATCH REPLACEMENT - DECATUR, GEORGIA

Luis

10 years of experience
36 reviews
Luis
10 years of experience
Luis did a wonderfully thorough inspection and job fixing my trunk latch. He also gave me a suggestion for a simple, future service. My trunk hasn’t worked in years and other shops quoted a price well over 1K; it works great now and for such a reasonable price! Such a convenient service too being a grad student and not being able to leave campus. Thanks!
2008 SUBARU LEGACY - TRUNK LATCH - MIAMI, FLORIDA

Dwight

16 years of experience
21 reviews
Dwight
16 years of experience
Very professional knew exactly what he was doing ........probably would use this service again in the future
2002 BMW 330CI - TRUNK LATCH REPLACEMENT - HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA

More related articles

P0121 OBD-II Trouble Code: TPS "A" Circuit Range Performance Problem
P0121 code definition Throttle Pedal Position Sensor/Switch (TPS) A Circuit Range Performance Problem...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Auto Safety Tips
Driving is more than a way to get from point A to point B. Owning and driving a car can also be a highly enjoyable experience. Whether a person is driving...

Related questions

Q: Water leaking in the trunk

Hello. I Suspect that the leak may be caused by a fault in the sunroof drainage system. The rear sunroof drains are located in the rear corners of the trunk. The drainage lines may become clogged up or may even...

Q: Q: Trunk not closing

Hello. First, please keep in mind that the trunk cannot be locked until the convertible top is completely up or down. This prevents any components from binding and becoming stuck or broken. Have a mechanic, such as our YourMechanic experts,...

Q: How do I use the remote keyless entry (RKE) system to pop the trunk?

The remote keyless entry (RKE) transmitter allows you to open your trunk very easily. To do so, simply press the button on the RKE transmitter that looks like a car with its trunk popped. Hold the button briefly, and the...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1-800-701-6230 · hi@yourmechanic.com