Q: Automatic trunk not closing automatically

asked by on February 03, 2016

My trunk won't close automatically like it used to. Also, my third brake light is out and the trunk interior lights no longer work.

Trunk does not lock or open Inspection $79.99 - $99.99 Get a Quote

It sounds like you might be having a wiring issue. Most of the wires that go to the trunk are wrapped up in a wiring harness. The harness is routed in from outside then splits up and goes to its respective receiver. If the harness gets pinched or cut somehow, the circuits that it supplies will stop working. In your case, the third brake light, trunk motor, and trunk light. Finding electrical problems can be troublesome. I suggest seeking help from a qualified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to help you solve your trunk problem.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing


Experienced Mechanic?

Earn up to $65/hr

What others are asking

Rattling noise when shifting

Hello. I suspect that the motor mounts are the cause of this rattle. Motor mounts are designed to dampen engine movement and vibrational rattles. The dealer recommends inspecting the motor mounts at 60,000 miles and every 20,000 miles after that....

How much time should it take to replace the alternator and serpentine belt on the 2008 Ford F350 6.4 diesel

Hi there - I believe if you use the "pull the fender inner liner" approach, it's about a 2-hour job. Much longer task otherwise.

Car not changing gears

The transmission will most likely need to be replaced. I do not suggest driving the vehicle in this condition as serious engine damage will occur if the engine is redlined too much. A certified mechanic from YourMechanic can visit your...

Diagnostic scanner is reading low fuel rail pressure system

There are a few things that may cause this to happen, such as a clogged fuel filter, a failing fuel pump, a restricted fuel line or in some cases, a faulty fuel pressure sensor. I would suggest having a professional...

Have a 2008 Hyundai Sante Fe and it starts when the key is in position II instead of III and makes a click sound when turning off

Hi There, It sounds like you may have a faulty ignition switch that may be causing the ignition to send power to the starter inadvertently rather than kill the power to the ignition like it is supposed to when turning...

My ignition and steering wheel got locked. After getting it unlocked, it wont start. System is saying start then an error shows.

Hi there. If you're having problems with the steering wheel and ignition cylinder being locked and the vehicle is having issues starting, the problem may be with the ignition lock cylinder. Sometimes the components inside the ignition lock cylinder can...

I don't know how to turn on my fog lights.

The fog light switch is on the left turn signal lever close to steering column the lever rotates to turn on the fog lights.

Service engine light is on.

I would ask for help from a mechanic with a scan tool to check what code is being set in your computer. Consider one of the mechanics from YourMechanic to come out with their equipment to diagnose why your car...

Have e320 2000 Mercedes Benz getting code p1491 and check engine light on.

This code is related to the pressure in the AC system and suggests that it is too high. When this happens it is usually a result of some kind of blockage in the system. There is also a pressure sensor...

Related articles

How to Buy a Good Quality Brake Light Bulb
Just Just like the light bulbs in the lamps inside your house, bulbs in your car’s lighting system eventually burn out. The brake light bulb is typically the same as the tail light bulb – when you step on the...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Trunk Lock Actuator
Common signs include the trunk not opening even after hearing a click, the release buttons not working, and an actuator that doesn't stop clicking.
How to Replace a Trunk Striker Plate
The trunk striker plates secures the lid when closed. It will need replacement if you hear rattling noises or see trunk warning lights on your dash.