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How much does it cost to replace a trunk latch?

The average total cost for a trunk latch replacement is $282. That breaks down into $190 for replacement parts and $92 in labor costs. 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? While the exact replacement time will depend on your vehicle, a certified mechanic should take between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours to perform the job. 
Here’s a breakdown of trunk latch replacement costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 17, 2024
Infiniti JX35
$236
$175
$62
0.5 Hours
May 16, 2024
Oldsmobile Bravada
$235
$175
$61
0.5 Hours
May 12, 2024
Acura RSX
$161
$107
$54
0.5 Hours
May 9, 2024
Ram ProMaster
$172
$107
$64
0.5 Hours
May 8, 2024
Eagle Talon
$326
$270
$56
0.5 Hours
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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 replacement, and how much do those parts cost?

For detailed information regarding your trunk latch replacement, you can consult your vehicle repair guide or
owner’s manual
. But here’s a general list of the parts you may need:
  • Trunk latch assembly: The latch mechanism is the primary component that seals your car’s trunk lid. A new latch assembly can range in price from $30 to upwards of $200.
  • Hardware: Depending on your car and the latch assembly you buy, you may need new bolts and screws to install the latch. These parts should cost less than $10.
  • Electrical connectors: Some vehicles have electrical connections built into the trunk latch. For these cars, it may be necessary to replace the connectors when you change the latch. These components can range from a few dollars to $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 latch components, ensuring secure trunk closure and ease of use for your vehicle. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
When you purchase your replacement trunk latch, you’ll have to choose between an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) part and an aftermarket part. OEM parts are designed specifically for your vehicle and come with a manufacturer’s warranty, but they also tend to be pricey. Aftermarket parts, on the other hand, are cheaper but may be of lower quality. 
Generally, OEM parts are more reliable and the best option. But if you’re looking to save some money, a high-quality aftermarket part might be the best move. Note that if you go the aftermarket route, it’s important to check the part number to confirm the proper fit.
You’ll have to contact your local dealership or authorized parts retailer to purchase an OEM part. You can find quality aftermarket parts at your local auto parts stores—like Advance Auto Parts, O'Reilly Auto Parts or AutoZone—or at online retailers like Amazon or RockAuto.

Where can I get my trunk latch replaced?

It can be difficult to find the right mechanic. Fortunately, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
can make it easier by helping you compare hourly rates and repair costs from more than 2,500 U.S. auto repair shops. 
Jerry's GarageGuard uses real hourly rates from local shops to generate fair price estimates. Use it to plan for upcoming repairs, learn about diagnostic fees, and find the shops near you with the best customer reviews. 
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare repair estimates in your area.
145 Reviews
Beetlesmith's Valley Auto Service
address
4096 E Valley Rd, Renton, WA
Trunk Latch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$344
(Parts - $216, Labor - $128)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$150
122 Reviews
GBG Auto Repair & Inspections
address
110 N Peak St, Dallas, TX
Trunk Latch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$296
(Parts - $216, Labor - $80)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$0
111 Reviews
Discount Tire & Service Centers - Lake Forest
address
22482 Muirlands Blvd, Mission Viejo, CA
Trunk Latch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$356
(Parts - $216, Labor - $140)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$99
191 Reviews
Just Tires - Orange
address
410 N Tustin St, Orange, CA
Trunk Latch Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$360
(Parts - $216, Labor - $144)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$90
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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 replace my trunk latch?

These are the steps your mechanic will follow to replace your trunk latch:
  • Disconnect the car battery (only necessary if the vehicle has an electronic trunk latch)
  • Press the trunk release button to open the trunk (if the trunk is stuck shut, the mechanic may have to use a screwdriver or pry bar to move the latch lock off of the striker)
  • Remove any plastic trim or vinyl blocking access to the latch
  • Remove the latch’s mounting bolts
  • Use pliers to remove the cotter pin securing the release cable to the trunk latch
  • Disconnect the wiring harness, if present
  • Use a new cotter pin to reconnect the release cable and latch
  • Install the new latch and replace the mounting hardware
  • Reconnect the wiring harness if applicable
  • Replace any trim panels or vinyl
  • Reconnect the battery if applicable
  • Test the latch to ensure it works properly

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

If you don’t replace a faulty trunk latch, you’ll likely face the following issues:
  • Difficult trunk operation: A bad latch may make it difficult to open or close your trunk.
  • Safety and security issues. A bad trunk latch may be unable to secure your trunk lid. This can lead to increased theft risks for valuables in your trunk, as well as safety risks, as the trunk may open while driving.

What is a trunk latch?

A trunk latch is a mechanical component that secures your car’s trunk lid. When activated, it locks closed, preventing your trunk from opening randomly. 
The trunk latch works in conjunction with the trunk lock actuator. When you press the trunk release button in your car or on your key fob, the latch actuator engages, triggering the latch’s release mechanism.

When should I replace the trunk latch on my car?

While there is no set replacement schedule for trunk latches, you probably need to replace yours if you experience any of the following symptoms:
  • The trunk is difficult to open or close
  • The trunk lid won’t stay open
  • The trunk lid rattles or appears loose
  • A trunk warning light appears on the dash
  • The trunk opens while driving
Keep in mind: These issues may indicate other problems, like a faulty trunk lock actuator. If you experience any of these problems, the smartest move is to take your car to a professional automotive repair shop for an accurate diagnosis.

How often should I replace my trunk latch?

There’s no set replacement schedule for trunk latches—and you may never have to replace yours. 
That said, trunk latches can wear out over time. You’ll need to replace your trunk latch if it fails and prevents you from opening or closing the trunk lid. 

Can I replace my trunk latch myself?

A DIY trunk latch replacement is possible with the right know-how. It’s generally a mid-level job that requires basic mechanical knowledge and access to standard tools. While experienced home mechanics should have no trouble replacing a trunk latch, novices may be better off visiting a professional mechanic. 

FAQs

If your trunk latch is damaged but doesn’t require a replacement, you can try the following steps to fix it:
  • Clean the latch of any grime, corrosion, or debris
  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Check to see if the latch needs an adjustment
  • Clean or replace the electrical connections if present
If the above steps don’t work, you likely need to replace your trunk latch.
The following signs may indicate your trunk latch is bad:
  • The trunk is hard to open or close
  • The trunk won’t stay open
  • The trunk lid rattles or appears loose
  • A trunk warning light appears on the dash
  • The trunk opens while driving
If you experience any of these issues, take your car to a professional repair technician as soon as possible.
The most common reasons why your trunk latch might not open include:
  • Something, like dirt or debris, is obstructing the latch
  • The trunk release mechanism is faulty
  • The latch is damaged or misaligned
  • There’s an electrical malfunction
If your trunk lid is stuck closed, a mechanic can help you identify the exact cause and recommend repair options.

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