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In this day and age, we all take for granted the little things. Conveniences that are part of our day to day life. However, when one of these conveniences stops working, it can mean one major headache trying to figure out the problem. Take for example the trunk release button for your automobile. The memory of actually having to open a trunk with a key is of a bygone era. Most models come with a little button on the key fob that you just press and viola your trunk open. Unfortunately, these little buttons, as well as the trunk release mechanism within the vehicle, can and do go bad.
In this article, we will look at the warning signs that your trunk release button could be going bad.
1. You hear the “click” but nothing happens
When you press your trunk release button, you usually hear a click. However, this time you hear the click and then nothing else. It is possible that the motor is working fine, but the locking mechanism is not. The locking mechanism has a myriad of components within it actuator, the most notable being the linking system that is responsible for moving the lock itself to an open position upon pressing on the button. If there is a disruption in the linkage signal, or a wire becomes frayed or detached, then this signal is not relayed, thusly your trunk will not release.
2. Your trunk release button is just not working as expected
Another indication that there is a problem is by the pressing of the fob button and again nothing happens. This could be a sign of anything from the fob battery going bad, the wires and electronics associated with the trunk actuator switch, or something as simple as a blown fuse needing replaced. In some cases, there could be an issue with your vehicle's battery that is causing the interruption in the signal itself.
3. The actuator just will not stop “clicking”
This is most commonly caused by the actuator constantly receiving power from the signal. When this happens, it is usually a short in the electrical components of the actuator that receives the signal but does not send a signal to stop the flow of electric, failing to open the latch. If this is the case when you try to open your trunk latch, it is highly suggested that you disconnect the vehicles main battery, as other costly damage to the electrical system could occur.
4. It Seems The Manual Locking Mechanism Works Fine
You are trying to unlock the trunk using your fob button or the switch within the vehicle, but nothing happens. However, when you choose to use the manual lock it works fine. This is a definite indication that your truck lock actuator is the issue and is most probably broken.There is nothing you can do at this time, except to take the vehicle in and have the trunk lock actuator replaced. In all the above scenarios, when you are having issues with your trunk lock working, it is better to have it looked at. Sooner than later is a good rule of thumb, as it may begin as just an inconvenience, but down the line, it could play a part in other problems with the overall continued operation of your vehicle.
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