How Do I Fix a Car Trunk That Won’t Close?

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The trunk latch may not function properly if debris is blocking the latch or if there is damage to the latch or the surrounding area. The trunk can be repaired in just a few moments if the latch is blocked, or a few hours if the latch is broken and needs to be replaced.

  1. Clean the latch

    Examine the latch on both the trunk lid and the frame of the car, and remove any debris that may be present in those areas. If necessary, use a soft brush to clean away dust and small pieces of litter.

  2. Check the latch for damage

    Damage to the latch can prevent the trunk from closing properly. If the latch appears bent or broken, it should be replaced. Damage to the body of the car can also prevent the latch from catching. Dents around the latch, for instance, may push the latch out of alignment and prevent the trunk from closing.

  3. Examine the emergency release mechanism

    The emergency release mechanism is typically located inside the trunk and may become stuck over time. Apply lubricant to the appropriate area if the latch doesn’t move easily. Replace the emergency release mechanism if it isn’t working properly and lubricant does not remedy the problem.