2003 Honda Civic Trunk/Gas Lid Release

  • 2003 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • 110,000 MILES

I pushed on the lever by the left of my seat today to release the trunk, but it was stiff and then just went in, with out popping my trunk, it will not release the gas lid either. I am expecting the cable is broken, is there much work to replacing this? How do I go about it?


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Sunday, December 9th, 2007 AT 12:12 PM

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I've had this probelem and it's easily fixed with a little work. First you must go to your honda dealer and get the part. 50 or 60 bucks. You then need to start by popping out all the trim along the driver's side. Start with the center post trim covering your seatbelt and then do the rest until you have all the trim out. Do the same in the trunk until you expose the cable. You'll ahve to remove most of the carpet thats back there in order to get to this. It splits off into the side panel to the gas cap and through the trunk to the latch. Just pop out all those black clips carefully because you'll need them for the new one.

I suggest starting to remove the cable in the trunk then the gas cap. To remove it from the gas cap, grasp the part that goes into the cap and twist. There are small tabs that keep it in place. When removing the cable from the trunk latch, you should notice that it's set into the middle notch on the plastic piece. Remember this becuase you'll need to set it the same for the new one. Once you have it removed from the trunk and gas cap, move to the front side.

You must remove the cover and and loosen the bolt that holds the lever in place. It's an eylet so you can take the whole lever assembly out and work on it. Remove the cable from the lever and I suggest threading the new cable from the trunk to the front of the car while the old is still in so you have the same routing and you don't forget how the cable runs through the car. Once you have it reattached to the lever and threaded, do the same for the trunk and gas cap.

The cable should have a 1yr warranty, so if it breaks again, you'll know how to fix it and you'll save yourself about 200 bucks in the process.

Hope it helps!
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Wednesday, December 19th, 2007 AT 3:26 PM

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