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How much does a trunk last adjustment cost?

Prices can vary depending on your car and location, but the average cost for a trunk latch adjustment is around $120-$200. A trunk latch adjustment usually doesn’t require any replacement parts, so the only thing you’re paying for is the mechanic’s labor. 
How long does it take to adjust a trunk latch? While exact times can vary from vehicle to vehicle, a trained mechanic will likely take around 30 minutes to complete the adjustment. 
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my trunk latch adjustment, and how much do those parts cost?

Generally, you won’t need to purchase any replacement parts for your trunk latch adjustment—your mechanic will simply manipulate the existing components of the latch to ensure proper alignment and function. And you can check your vehicle repair guide or
owner’s manual
for more detailed instructions. 
That said, here’s a list of some parts you may require if the latch components are damaged:
  • Trunk latch assembly: If the latch is damaged and you can’t fix it with an adjustment, you may need to purchase a new latch assembly. A new latch assembly should cost between $30 and $200.
  • Striker plate: This is the metal plate that engages with the latch mechanism to lock the trunk shut. If you need a new striker plate, expect it to cost between $10 and $50.
  • Trunk release cable: Over time, the trunk release cable may become stretched or frayed. If this occurs, you’ll need to replace it. A new cable can range from $15 to $50.
We recommend purchasing parts at local auto parts stores like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and NAPA Auto Parts, as well as online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto. We also recommend reputable brands such as Dorman, ACDelco, and Genuine Parts Company (GPC) for these components, ensuring secure trunk operation and convenient access for your vehicle. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts are generally the best option, as they’re designed specifically to fit your car and come with a manufacturer’s warranty. The downside is that OEM parts tend to be pricey. If you want to save some cash, you can search for a high-quality aftermarket part.
You can find OEM parts at your local dealership or by contacting an authorized parts retailer. For aftermarket parts, check out your local auto parts stores—like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts or Advance Auto Parts—or online retailers like Amazon and RockAuto.

Where can I get my trunk latch adjusted?

Finding the right mechanic can be challenging. Luckily, Jerry's
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makes it easy by helping you compare hourly rates and repair quotes from more than 2,500 U.S. auto repair shops. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™ uses real-time hourly rates from local shops to provide you with fair price estimates. Use Jerry's GarageGuard™ to plan for upcoming repairs or maintenance, learn about diagnostic fees, and find read customer reviews from shops and mechanics near you.
Below, you’ll find some of our vetted shops. Download the app to view affordable repair quotes in your area.
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JG Auto Sales LLC.
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804 W M.L.K. Jr Dr, High Point, NC
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$65
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HMS Auto and Fleet
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7887 F St, Omaha, NE
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$134
164 Reviews
Full Service Master Car Care, LLC
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1021 Patricia Dr, San Antonio, TX
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$110
115 Reviews
Elite Auto Repair & Service Inc #2
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5655 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$120
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic adjust my trunk latch?

These are the steps your mechanic will follow to adjust your trunk latch:
  • Pop the car trunk open and locate the latch 
  • Remove any plastic trim or covers obstructing access to the latch
  • Identify the latch striker
  • Inspect the components for damage, debris, and corrosion
  • Identify the direction in which the latch must be moved—part of the latch may have wear marks that your mechanic can use to determine the direction
  • Loosen the latch’s mounting bolts
  • Move the latch in the right direction and retighten the bolts
  • Check the latch’s operation by opening and closing the trunk
  • Replace any trim panels or covers

What happens if I don’t adjust my trunk latch?

If you don’t adjust your trunk latch when necessary, you risk developing the following issues:
  • Improper trunk closure: A misaligned or poorly adjusted trunk latch may not be able to keep the trunk lid secure. This can result in the trunk opening randomly, leading to unsafe and insecure situations. 
  • Trunk instability: If the latch doesn’t secure the trunk properly, the lid may rattle or create vibrations while driving.
  • Safety issues: An improperly adjusted latch may be unable to secure your trunk and the belongings inside it.
  • Increased wear and tear: An improperly adjusted latch can put excess stress on the latch and lock mechanism. This can lead to premature wear and deterioration.
  • Malfunctioning trunk release: Sometimes, an improperly adjusted latch can lead to issues with the trunk release mechanism. It may lead to difficulties opening the trunk with the button or your key fob. 

What is a trunk latch adjustment?

A trunk latch adjustment refers to the process of realigning the latch mechanism in a car’s trunk to ensure proper and secure closure. It typically involves loosening and tightening bolts, repositioning various components, and aligning the latch and striker plate. Trunk latch adjustments help maintain trunk stability and security. 

When should I adjust the trunk latch on my car?

As there are no set maintenance intervals regarding trunk latch adjustments, you only need to perform this service when there’s a problem with the latch. Here are the most common signs that you need a trunk latch adjustment:
  • The trunk is difficult to open or close
  • The trunk won’t stay closed
  • The trunk lid has excessive movement or feels loose
  • A trunk warning light appears on your dash
  • One side of the trunk lid is higher than the other
  • The trunk makes rattling noises
Keep in mind: These issues may indicate other problems, like a bad trunk lock actuator. And you may need to do some troubleshooting or visit a mechanic to identify the ultimate cause of your problem. 

How often should I adjust my trunk latch?

There are no set maintenance intervals for trunk latch adjustments. Generally, you only need to adjust your trunk latch if you’re experiencing issues with the trunk lid, such as misalignment. 

Can I adjust my trunk latch myself?

A trunk latch adjustment can make a great DIY project for moderately experienced home mechanics. It requires basic mechanical knowledge and tools but should not be too advanced for most DIYers. That said, if you’re uncomfortable performing the adjustment yourself, you should visit a trained mechanic. 

FAQs

If you’re dealing with a trunk latch that won’t close, here are some common fixes you can try:
  • Check to make sure the latch isn’t obstructed by dirt or debris
  • Lubricate the latch mechanism and its moving parts
  • Check the latch’s alignment
  • Adjust the latch’s tension
  • Inspect the latch components for damage or wear
If none of those fixes work, you should visit a mechanic for further assistance.
The trunk latch mechanism is responsible for securing and releasing a car’s trunk. It consists of several components that work to keep the trunk secure, including the latch assembly, a striker plate, a release mechanism, the latch cable, and springs and hinges.
The most common signs that indicate your trunk latch is bad include the following:
  • The trunk is difficult to open or close
  • The trunk lid opens on its own
  • The trunk lid has excessive play or movement
  • A trunk warning light appears on your dash
  • The trunk makes unusual rattling noises
If you experience these issues, you may have a problem with your trunk latch and you should visit a professional mechanic for diagnosis and repair.

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John Davis is an expert automotive writer and former automotive mechanic. John's work spans multiple categories, and he relishes the opportunity to research a new subject and expand his area of expertise and industry knowledge. To date, John has written more than 200 articles covering car maintenance and care, car advice, how-to guides, and more.
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