Jim Grant's Tech Tips
'99 Plymouth Breeze, Rusted Shut Trunk
Q: I have a 99 Plymouth Breeze and the trunk lock is frozen, probably rusted. I tried WD40, and graphite. How can I remove it and replace it?
- Mark S.
A: I havent seen any rusted trunk latches on vehicles of your type. Here in New Hampshire where salt is spread on the highway nearly six months of the year if it is going to be a rust problem we see it. So Im inclined to believe that the latch is broken or you got something stuck in it when the trunk was closed, which is the most common problem/cause. To unbolt the trunk latch you will have to remove the back seat and reach into the trunk with a long extension to unbolt the latch. The extension you need isnt in your normal do it yourself socket sets. Once you get the seat removed you can determine what extension you need to buy or go to your local repair facility and have them unbolt the latch for you.