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Pelican Technical Article:

Trunk Latch Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$70

Talent:

***

Tools:

Phillips and standard screwdrivers, 10mm socket

Applicable Models:

Jetta MkIV 2.0L (1998-05)

Parts Required:

Trunk latch

Hot Tip:

Take your time removing the emergency trunk release cable

Performance Gain:

The trunk lid latches yet again

Complementary Modification:

Install rear spoiler

A failing trunk latch is something that can give you signs it is about to go out, or just fail at once. Either way, nothing is more frustrating than a lid you can't shut. The trunk lid latch is a heavy wear item that often goes years without cleaning or lubrication. The latch on our project car simply locked up one day without warning. Replacement is pretty easy and should take no more than an hour.

Loosen and remove the 13 Phillips head screws (green arrows) holding the trunk liner to the trunk lid.
Figure 1

Loosen and remove the 13 Phillips head screws (green arrows) holding the trunk liner to the trunk lid. Position the trunk liner so you can disconnect the emergency trunk cable from the handle.

Shown here is the emergency trunk release cable disconnected to the handle.
Figure 2

Shown here is the emergency trunk release cable disconnected to the handle. I found it impossible to take a picture with it attached. The idea here is to pull the cable end (purple arrow) out of the retaining sheath on the handle (blue arrow). Slide the cable through the slit in the handle (blue arrow) and then unhook the cable end (green arrow) from the hole in the handle lever (yellow arrow).

Carefully twist the metal cable end (green arrow) counterclockwise and remove it from the latch bracket.
Figure 3

Carefully twist the metal cable end (green arrow) counterclockwise and remove it from the latch bracket.

Now use a standard screwdriver to pop the lever end (green arrow) off the ball joint.
Figure 4

Now use a standard screwdriver to pop the lever end (green arrow) off the ball joint.

Now remove the two 10mm nuts holding the trunk latch to the trunk lid.
Figure 5

Now remove the two 10mm nuts holding the trunk latch to the trunk lid. Remove the trunk latch from the car.

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

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


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