Repairing trunk release latch

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CAVCOUPE99
  • 1999 CHEVROLET CAVALIER

Interior problem Automatic 123000 miles

What are some repairing tips I can try to repair my trunk release latch on my own and avoid having to take it to a mechanic for repair? When I pull the release latch, it does not function at all, meaning the trunk remains closed and I have to open it manually. What can I do to check to see if its just a loose cable and what I can do/try to fix this problem or if it is damaged beyond repair? Please help.

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Tiny
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There is a service bulletin on this problem, Here is what it says with the diagrams (below) to help you fix the problem.

File In Section: 10 - Body

Bulletin No: 83-15-22

Date: December, 1998

Subject:
Rear Compartment (Trunk) Lid Latch Difficult to Unlock/Open
(Inspect/Replace Cable and Secure with Strap)
Models:
1995-99 Chevrolet Cavalier
1995-99 Pontiac Sunfire
without RPO AUO (Remote Keyless Entry System)
Condition

Some customers may comment that the rear compartment (trunk) lid is difficult to unlock with the key.

Cause

The tab on the cable assembly that secures it to the latch assembly may have broken. When this occurs, the cable may disengage from the latch.

Correction

Using the following procedure, inspect the tab on the cable assembly for signs of breakage. Replace the cable assembly if the tab is broken. If the tab is not broken, reinstall the cable to the latch. Secure the cable to the latch assembly with plastic strap.

Service Procedure

1. Open the rear compartment lid to access the latch on the inside.

2. Remove the fastener securing the cable to the latch (see Figure 1).

3. Inspect the tab on the backside of the cable for signs of breakage (see Figure 2).
If the tab has NOT disengaged from the latch after removing the fastener, the tab is in acceptable condition and it is NOT necessary to replace the cable assembly. Reinstall the fastener that secures the cable assembly to the latch.
If the tab HAS disengaged from the latch after removing the fastener, the tab is broken and the cable assembly must be replaced with a new cable, P/N 22606550. See the appropriate Service Manual for information on replacing the cable assembly.
4. Using one (1) plastic strap, P/N 12355066, secure the cable portion of the assembly to the latch as shown in Figure 1.
5. Trim off excess strap material.
Parts Information

Parts are currently available from GMSPO.

Also try pushing down on the trunk lid when opening it

Please let us know what you find.

Cheers, Ken

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Thursday, September 7th, 2017 AT 2:57 PM
Tiny
CNEWMAN
  • 1999 CHEVROLET CAVALIER

1999 Chevy Cavalier

where's the trunk release on a 1999 chevy cavalier

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Tiny
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I believe it is a yellow button under the left side of the dash on the drivers side about where your knee would be. Either that or in the glove compartment. That is, if your Cavalier is equipped with one. Some Cavaliers do not have one other than the keyless entry remote button and the actual key hole in trunk.

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Tiny
PAPA YAMA
  • 1999 CHEVROLET CAVALIER

1999 Chevy Cavalier 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

THE KEY AND CABLE RELEASE DO NOT ENGAGE.
KEY TURNS, CABLE PULLS. DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET INTO TRUNK FROM BACK SEAT. HOW DO I GET INTO MY TRUNK?

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Tiny
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Try removing the lower rear seat and see if you can get to the back seat hold down bolts, if not then you can take the car to a locksmith and have him open the trunk with a special key.
Then replace the cable.

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Tiny
TPL15
  • 2000 CHEVROLET CAVALIER

Unable to open trunk with keyfob, can hear a clicking noise when pressing trunk release button on keyfob adn driver side lock does not unlock with keyfob but passenger side does.

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Tiny
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It may be a bad key fob, check battery in it and if yo have another try that one. The trunk may need an adjustment to striker. Try your key to get in it.

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