Trunk Latch Release Cable Replacement Cost Estimate

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How much does it cost to replace a trunk latch release cable?

The average total cost to replace a trunk latch release cable is $184. That breaks down into $47 for replacement parts and $136 for the mechanic’s labor. Keep in mind that those are averages—your actual cost will depend on your car and location.
How long does it take to replace a trunk latch release cable? While the exact time will vary based on your car, most trained mechanics can complete the procedure in one to three hours. 
Here’s a breakdown of trunk latch release cable replacement costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
April 6, 2024
Mercury Mariner
1.5 Hours
April 2, 2024
GMC Sierra 1500
1.5 Hours
March 31, 2024
Hyundai Sonata
1.5 Hours
March 30, 2024
Porsche Panamera
1.5 Hours
March 29, 2024
Fiat 500X
1.5 Hours

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 release cable replacement, and how much do those parts cost?

You should consult your vehicle repair guide or
owner’s manual
for detailed guidelines, but here’s a general overview of the parts you may need:
  • Trunk latch release cable: This is the primary component that you’ll need to replace. It connects the trunk latch mechanism to the release lever, allowing you to open the trunk from inside the cabin. A new trunk lid release cable can cost between $20 and $80.
  • Hardware: This includes any clips, fasteners, or grommets you may have to replace when you change out the cable. These parts are typically inexpensive, ranging from a few bucks to around $20.
We recommend purchasing parts at local auto parts stores like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and O'Reilly 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 trunk release cable components, ensuring reliable trunk access and smooth operation 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 designed by your car’s manufacturer specifically for your vehicle. These parts come with a manufacturer’s warranty and tend to be high quality. Aftermarket parts can fit a wider range of cars and come with cheaper price tags, but they may be of lower quality. 
Generally, you should opt for OEM replacement parts whenever possible—especially if you drive a newer vehicle. But if you’re strapped for cash, a quality aftermarket part may be the best choice.
You can purchase OEM parts from your local dealership or authorized parts retailer—but prepare yourself for the higher dealer price. Aftermarket parts are available at your local auto parts stores—like Advance Auto Parts, O'Reilly Auto Parts or AutoZone—or online retailers like Amazon or RockAuto. 
If you go the aftermarket route for your new cable, remember to check the part number to confirm it will fit your vehicle.

Where can I get my trunk latch release cable replaced?

It can be difficult to find a quality mechanic if you don’t have an existing relationship with one. Fortunately, Jerry's
can help you compare repair costs from more than 2,500 U.S. shops. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™ uses real hourly rates from local shops to provide you with fair price estimates. Use Jerry's GarageGuard™ to learn about diagnostic fees, budget for upcoming repairs, and find repair shops near you with the best customer ratings.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to search for affordable car repairs near you. 
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Minit Man 10 Minit Oil CHange & Car Wash
3610 Hwy 35. N Rockport, TX
Trunk Latch Release Cable Replacement Cost
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(Parts - $49, Labor - $39)
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172 Reviews
Big O Tires - Kearns
3725 W 5400 S, Salt Lake City, UT
Trunk Latch Release Cable Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
(Parts - $49, Labor - $130)
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177 Reviews
Goodyear Auto Service - Indianapolis
627 North Delaware StreetIndianapolis, IN
Trunk Latch Release Cable Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
(Parts - $49, Labor - $143)
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111 Reviews
Discount Tire & Service Centers - Lake Forest
22482 Muirlands Blvd, Mission Viejo, CA
Trunk Latch Release Cable Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
(Parts - $49, Labor - $182)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)

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 replace my trunk latch release cable?

Your mechanic will follow these general steps to replace your trunk latch release cable:
  • Disconnect the cable from the trunk release lever (this may involve removing the carpet and driver’s side seat)
  • Disconnect the cable from the trunk latch (the mechanic may need to disconnect clips and retainers to remove the trunk liner and various trim panels to access the latch)
  • Remove the old cable
  • Route the new cable along the old cable’s path
  • Connect the cable to the latch mechanism
  • Connect the cable to the release lever
  • Test the new cable to ensure it works properly

What happens if I don’t replace my trunk latch release cable?

If you don’t replace a faulty trunk latch release cable, you risk developing the following issues:
  • Difficulty opening the trunk: If you put off repairing a trunk release cable for too long, it may become increasingly difficult to open the trunk—and if the cable breaks, you may end up unable to open the trunk at all.
  • Inability to access spare tire or emergency supplies: If your trunk doesn’t open, you may be unable to access your spare tire, emergency supplies, or any belongings stored in the trunk.
  • Damage to other components: If your trunk release cable is damaged, it may put added stress on other parts, like the trunk lock actuator or release lever. 

What is a trunk latch release cable?

A trunk latch release cable connects your trunk release lever to the trunk latch mechanism. When you pull the release lever, it transmits pulling force to the cable, engaging the latch mechanism to open the trunk. 

When should I replace the trunk latch release cable on my car?

As there is no set replacement schedule for trunk latch release cables—you’ll only need to replace yours if it fails. Here are the most common signs that you may need a new trunk latch release cable:
  • The trunk doesn’t open when you pull the release lever
  • The release lever feels loose
  • The cable has visible corrosion
  • The trunk won’t open at all
Keep in mind: Some of these issues may indicate other problems with the trunk components. It’s always a smart idea to contact a professional mechanic for an accurate diagnosis.

How often should I replace my trunk latch release cable?

There is no set interval for replacing a car’s trunk latch release cable. The cables are durable and designed to last for many years, and you may never have to replace yours. 
That said, they can stretch, fray, and wear out over time, and you should replace yours if you’re having trouble opening the trunk with the release button. 

Can I replace my trunk latch release cable myself?

For home mechanics with mid-level auto repair skills, a trunk latch release cable replacement can make a solid DIY project. The job requires a moderate level of mechanical experience and access to a variety of standard tools. 
If you’re a car repair novice, you’re probably better off visiting a professional mechanic for the replacement. 


The most common reasons why a trunk latch won’t open include the following:
  • The trunk latch release cable is faulty
  • There’s an electrical malfunction
  • There’s a problem with the lock cylinder
  • The trunk latch mechanism is jammed
  • The trunk latch is misaligned
  • The interior trunk release feature is disabled
  • Your key fob battery is dead
If your car has an electric trunk release, a
blown fuse
can cause it to not open. Many modern vehicles use electric trunk releases in place of cables. A blown fuse can cut off the power supply to the trunk actuator, preventing you from opening the trunk.
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