A trunk is as important as all other external components in a car. If you think it is just merely there to protect engine parts, think again. There are plenty of other roles that this part plays to keep your car working.
There are common problems associated with the trunk. Sometimes it does not close or it needs to be tapped repeatedly to get it open. These troubles are associated with problems in the trunk latches. The latter are made of a combination of electronics and mechanical components. They too can wear over time, thus making them unable to perform their functions as expected. Adjusting the Volvo trunk latch will be important. Here is how you can do that.
Adjusting the Trunk Latch
A failing trunk latch needs a lot of attention. Take note though that adjustments can be made only when the trunk latch assembly works properly. Remember too that you must exercise caution when adjusting the car's trunk latch. Otherwise, you can encounter another problem, that is, premature lock failure, which means that the lock will either not open or close.
Prepare What You Need
There are some essential items to prepare when adjusting the trunk latch. You will need protective gear like gloves and eye goggles, as well as screw driver, socket and ratchet. You will also need to prepare your torx rocket set. In this process, you need to identify which particular body parts you will be working with in the process.
Locate the Trunk Latch and the Latch Striker
Simply start by popping the trunk to locate the latch. There is a metal latch found atop the hatch or trunk lid. Some assemblies are covered by plastic. You need to remove the cover, just in case the mounting bolts are out of sight. From here, you can proceed to locating the latch striker. It is that component where the latch assembly is hooked to.
Inspect Latch Components
See if they have already worn out. Both latch assembly and striker assembly needs to be checked for signs of wearing out. You may notice wear on the assembly around the bolts used to mount it. Loose bolts may also indicate that the assembly has moved. On the other hand, the striker may indicate scuffs and wear patterns on it.
Time to Adjust the Trunk Latch
The first thing you should do is find out in which direction you will need to adjust the assembly. You can identify that by looking at the marks around the bolt holes. Use these wear mark locations to help you move the assembly to its original position. As for striker assemblies, they do not need adjustment even when they show signs of wearing out. In case both assemblies need adjustment, you should not do so at the same time.
You can loosen the bolts on the assembly, and from there, gently slide it back to its original position. Tighten the bolts, thereafter. Close the trunk and check if the trunk latch operates as usual. Make sure that the assembly does not get stuck in the process. To finish the job, you simply need to reinstall all components that you have removed.