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Old 04-26-2016, 07:32 AM   #1
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Trunk won't open

Well, it finally happened, I was at an AX over the weekend and my trunk would not open.

I could hear the solenoid operating, but would not unlatch. Fortunately I was able to locate the emergency release cable, it was not too much of a PITA to get to. You have to remove 1 plastic nut on the rear fender liner , pull bit back with the heat shield, reach in, locate the cable and give it a good tug.

Once the trunk was open, I took a look at the latch and the cable for the solenoid was broken. Didi what I normally do and looked up the part. A new one costs around $150! I didi come across a thread for repairing it
Rear Trunk Latch/Opening - Pelican Parts Technical BBS

Found a local hobby shop that had the part, bought a soldering gun from HF for under $15 and did the repair. Works like a charm!

I am a little concerned that the cable may break again as it got a little un-woven and found a used solenoid with cable on ebay for ~$30. I think I will install that one when I get a chance and have a spare hour or so as it looks like you have to remove a bunch of stuff to get to it.

At least I have a working trunk again

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Old 04-26-2016, 08:24 AM   #2
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I repaired mine by splicing the cable with picture wire. Works great. The dealer wanted 800 bucks to replace the cable!
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:38 AM   #3
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I swaged some picture hanging wire or similar to the wire thjat was left. Use a sharpie, press trunk release, and see how far it retracts into the jacket tip to know where to connect to. Easy fix.

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