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My wife's '08 SE is experiencing trunk release problems; she has to use the key. The button on the dash and the key fob are not working. The wires leading to the latch assembly are fine. I can hear a very faint click when the switch is activated, so I'm sure it's getting power. I removed the latch hoping I could take it apart, but it's a sealed unit. Any ideas? Do you think I'm going to have to replace the latch? Anybody got a part number or diagram of the latch assembly? Thanks for your help.
If you can use a test light it's easy to diagnose. You'll need your wife to help you with the dash switch. Clip the test light to the Negative cable clamp. Disconnect the 3-way latch connector. Probe the terminal for the Tan/Yellow wire. Have your wife hit the switch. The test light should light up when she presses the switch. Now clip the test light to the Positive cable clamp. Probe the terminal of the Black/White wire. It should light up regardless of switch operation.
If both work as outlined then one more check is the spring loaded foot on the striker plate. The foot is plastic and can break over time. If it's broken, the trunk won't pop open correctly. Broken foot- replace the striker plate.
If either circuit does not work as outlined then there is a wiring issue, which most commonly is inside the boot. Look for discolored insulation, which would indicate a possible break.
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