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Pelican Technical Article:

Trunk Lid Actuator Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$25

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm socket, small flat head screwdriver, T20 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Trunk lid actuator

Hot Tip:

Dab a little grease on the ball joints

Performance Gain:

Trunk opens remotely again

Complementary Modification:

Replace license plate lights

The trunk lid actuator is a small electric solenoid mounted in the trunk lid that unlocks and opens the trunk lid remotely when you press the trunk release buttons on both the car and remote key. Over time, the actuator can wear out and stop working altogether.

In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with replacing the actuator and getting that trunk lid working again. Note that the trunk lid inner panel must be removed to access the actuator. See our article on Trunk Lid Catch Replacement for more information.

The trunk lid actuator (green arrow) is secured to the mounting plate by two T20 Torx screws.
Figure 1

The trunk lid actuator (green arrow) is secured to the mounting plate by two T20 Torx screws. The entire plate must be removed in order to access these bolts. You'll also need to pop the linkages off the lock cylinder (purple arrow) and the trunk lid catch (yellow arrow). Once the linkages are free, loosen and remove the three 10mm nuts (blue arrows) holding the plate to the trunk lid.

Here is a close-up picture of the linkage attached to the trunk lid catch.
Figure 2

Here is a close-up picture of the linkage attached to the trunk lid catch. Insert a small flat head screwdriver in the gap (green arrow) between the two and carefully pop the plastic part off the metal ball joint.

Here is a close-up picture of the linkage attached to the trunk lid lock cylinder.
Figure 3

Here is a close-up picture of the linkage attached to the trunk lid lock cylinder. Insert a small flathead screwdriver in the gap (green arrow) between the two and carefully pop the plastic part off the metal ball joint.

Squeeze the two fingers (green arrows) on the electrical connection going to the actuator and pull it out.
Figure 4

Squeeze the two fingers (green arrows) on the electrical connection going to the actuator and pull it out.

Lower the plate so you can access the two T20 Torx screws (green arrows) on the back side.
Figure 5

Lower the plate so you can access the two T20 Torx screws (green arrows) on the back side. Loosen and remove the screws and pull the actuator off.

And here's the finished result with the actuator removed.
Figure 6

And here's the finished result with the actuator removed. Installing the new actuator is the reverse order of removal.

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