Great thinking and doing Mr. Kiwi!Hi everyone,
Since owning the vehicle (3 months), the trunk button on the key remote and the trunk release button by the gear shift never did anything. Its supposed to unlock the trunk and raise it 2 inches.
When pressing the buttons, I could hear the trunk trying to unlock, but it wouldn't. The only way to open it would be to push the large black circle button beside the licence plate, and then lift the trunk up manually.
I'm the type where if something doesn't work, I like to fix it, especially when buttons don't work. After lots of searching and reading on here it seems people say you need to replace the trunk actuator or latch mechanism, which can be costly.
I discovered that if I pushed down on the trunk firmly with my hand while at the same time pressing the remote trunk button, and then slowly taking my hand off, the trunk would unlock and automatically lift up a couple of inches (the way its supposed to).
So I figured that the pressure of the trunk being closed is too much for the actuator to unlock the trunk, it needs less pressure on the lock. So instead of spending time dismantling the trunk trim and playing with the actuator or lock I thought maybe extending the length of the top trunk latch would ease the pressure on the bottom lock. This can be done by removing the top trunk latch and putting a spacer behind each of the 2 bolts.
The top trunk latch is easy to remove. Take note of the position of the 2 bolts (mark with a pencil, or just remember), and remove. I placed 2 rubber spacers (washers) about 1.5mm thick over the bolts, they go between the back of the latch plate and the trunk metal. This basically extends the length of the latch by 1.5mm, just enough to release the pressure off the locking mechanism.
The end result = fixed!
Took 10 minutes, no cost.
The spacers can be rubber or metal, and very thin (about 1.5mm). Too thick and the boot will sit a bit too high when closed. If too thin, then the boot still wont pop up. You might need to try a couple of different spacer sizes.
I just did the same thing after reading your write up!
You're OK...I don't care what people say about you!