Services
Insurance
Loans
Repairs
Advice
About

Trunk Lock Actuator Replacement Cost Estimate

Worried you might overpay for your trunk lock actuator replacement? Use Jerry’s GarageGuard to get fair cost estimate for your trunk lock actuator replacement.
background
Get Fair Repair Cost Estimate
√
No spam
√
Compare shops near you
√
Always know how much you should pay
background
avatar
John Davis
Expert Automotive Writer
icon
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear, Director of Content
icon
Edited by Jessica Barrett, Senior Car & Insurance Editor

How much does it cost to replace a trunk lock actuator?

The average cost to replace a trunk lock actuator is $267, which breaks down to $174 for replacement parts and $93 in labor costs. But you need to keep in mind that those are averages. Your actual cost will depend on your vehicle and location. 
How long does it take to replace a trunk lock actuator? The replacement time will vary from car to car, but a trained technician should generally take between one and three hours to replace a trunk lock actuator. 
Here’s a breakdown of trunk lock actuator replacement costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 18, 2024
Toyota Scion
$202
$87
$115
1.0 Hours
May 16, 2024
Acura TL
$203
$87
$115
1.0 Hours
May 16, 2024
Jaguar XJ
$198
$87
$111
1.0 Hours
May 14, 2024
Mercury Sable
$202
$87
$115
1.0 Hours
May 13, 2024
GMC Yukon
$218
$87
$131
1.0 Hours
Highlighticon

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 lock actuator replacement, and how much do those parts cost?

You should check your vehicle repair guide or
owner’s manual
to find detailed information regarding repairs and maintenance. But here’s a general overview of the parts you may need:
  • Trunk lock actuator: This is the primary part responsible for locking and unlocking the trunk. A replacement should run you between $50 and $200.
  • Mounting hardware: This includes the screws, bolts, or clips used to secure the actuator. These parts are cheap and shouldn’t cost more than $5 to $20.
  • Wiring and connectors: If you have an electric trunk lock actuator, you may need to change the electrical connectors or wiring harnesses when you replace the actuator. These parts should cost between $10 and $30.
  • Trim panel clips: You may need to replace some of the trim panel clips and fasteners as part of your trunk actuator replacement. These are cheap and cost between $5 and $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 Standard Motor Products. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
For your trunk lock actuator replacement, you’ll have to choose between original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket parts. 
OEM parts are made specifically to fit your car and come with a manufacturer’s warranty. They’re high quality and reliable but are also pricey. Aftermarket parts, on the other hand, come with cheaper price tags but may be less reliable. 
Experts generally recommend using OEM parts, but there’s nothing wrong with using aftermarket parts to save some cash.
If you choose to purchase OEM parts, you’ll need to contact your local dealership or authorized parts retailer. You can find aftermarket parts at your local car parts stores—like AutoZone, O'Reilly Auto Parts or Advance Auto Parts—or online retailers like Amazon or RockAuto. Remember, if you choose to go the aftermarket route, check the part number to confirm the replacement will fit your car.

Where can I get my trunk lock actuator replaced?

It’s not always easy to find a trustworthy auto repair shop. Fortunately, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
lets you compare hourly rates and repair estimates from thousands of U.S. shops. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™ uses real hourly rates from local shops to provide you with fair price estimates for the repair services you need. Use it to learn about potential diagnostic fees, budget for upcoming repairs and maintenance, and find repair shops near you with the best customer reviews.
Check out our vetted shops below and download the app to find quality repair services in your area. 
120 Reviews
Stan's Garage
address
24301 W Warren St, Dearborn Heights, MI
Trunk Lock Actuator Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$308
(Parts - $190, Labor - $118)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$125
162 Reviews
Z.A. & D. Service Station
address
31-5 38th Ave, Manhattan, NY
Trunk Lock Actuator Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$295
(Parts - $190, Labor - $105)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$135
174 Reviews
Yoo's Auto Service & Collision
address
189 W Duncannon Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Trunk Lock Actuator Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$275
(Parts - $190, Labor - $85)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
123 Reviews
Pep Boys Auto Parts & Service - Everett
address
10113 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA
Trunk Lock Actuator Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$327
(Parts - $190, Labor - $137)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
Highlighticon

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 lock actuator?

These are the general steps a mechanic will follow to replace your trunk lock actuator:
  • Pull the driver-side trunk release lever to open the trunk lid and locate the lock latch actuator (if the trunk is stuck shut, the mechanic may have to remove the rear seats to access it)
  • Remove the trunk liner and any plastic trim
  • Disconnect the actuator cables and any electrical connections
  • Remove the old lock actuator
  • Position the new actuator and install the mounting hardware
  • Reconnect the actuator cables and any electrical connections
  • Replace the trunk liner and any trim panels
  • Test the new actuator using the key fob and inside power trunk release lever

What happens if I don’t replace my trunk lock actuator?

If you have a faulty trunk lock actuator and don’t replace it, you’re likely to face the following issues:
  • Trouble locking or unlocking the trunk: If the actuator fails, you may be unable to lock or unlock your trunk.
  • Safety and security issues: Without a functioning lock actuator, the valuables you store in your trunk may be less safe. Additionally, the trunk may open or close unexpectedly, raising safety issues. 
  • Inconvenience: If your trunk lock actuator doesn’t function properly, you may be unable to access your trunk easily. 
  • Interior damage: A faulty trunk lock actuator can lead to damage from rainwater, snow, or other elements. 
  • Electrical issues: A faulty actuator can draw excessive power, cause damage to the electrical system, and prematurely drain the car battery.

What is a trunk lock actuator?

Trunk lock actuators are responsible for controlling the locking and unlocking motion of the trunk lid. They use an electric motor to convert signals from the key fob or interior release lever into the physical action of the trunk latch assembly that opens the lid. Lock actuators allow easy access to the trunk for storing and securing your belongings. 

When should I replace the trunk lock actuator on my car?

There is no set replacement schedule for trunk lock actuators. That means the only time you’ll need to replace yours is when it fails. Here are the most common signs that you may need a new trunk lock actuator:
  • The trunk doesn’t open even after the actuator “clicks”
  • The trunk release buttons don’t work properly
  • The trunk actuator clicks continuously
  • You can open the trunk by putting your key in the lock cylinder but not by using your key fob or interior release lever
Keep in mind: These issues can indicate other trunk issues, so it’s always wise to visit a certified mechanic for an accurate diagnosis. 

How often should I replace my trunk lock actuator?

There is no set replacement interval for trunk lock actuator motors. However, they are subject to wear and tear over time and can fail with repeated use. You should replace yours if it stops working and you can’t use your cabin release button or key fob to open the trunk. 

Can I replace my trunk lock actuator myself?

You can DIY a trunk lock actuator replacement—if you have the right know-how and access to the proper tools. The replacement is generally classified as a mid-level repair job, and moderately experienced home mechanics should have no issues completing it. That said, if you’re a car repair novice or don’t have access to the right tools, you should contact a professional technician. 

FAQs

Some common signs that point to trunk lock actuator failure include:
  • Difficulty locking or unlocking the trunk
  • Strange noises from the trunk
  • The trunk opens on its own
  • The trunk opens inconsistently
  • Your key fob doesn’t work to open the trunk
An actuator—in this case, a trunk lock actuator—converts electrical signals into physical motion. The trunk lock actuator sends electronic signals from your key fob or interior release lever to the latch mechanism, triggering its physical movement and locking or unlocking the trunk.
The exact cost to replace a trunk actuator will depend on your car, location, and whether you want an OEM or aftermarket part. However, the average cost is around $267.

Meet Our Experts

avatar
John Davis
badge icon
Car Expert
badge icon
Certified mechanic with 10+ years of experience
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.
Prior to joining Jerry’s editorial team, John worked as a mechanic and freelance writer, creating content for clients including HotCars and SetPower.
avatar
Jessica Barrett
badge icon
Car Expert
Jessica Barrett is a senior insurance writer and editor with 10 years of experience in the automotive and travel industries. A specialist in car insurance, car loans, and car ownership, Jessica’s mission is to create comprehensive content that car owners can use to manage their costs and improve their lives. As a managing editor for a team of writers and insurance specialists, Jessica has edited over 2,000 articles for Jerry on topics ranging from local insurance shopping tips to refinancing car loans with bad credit.
Before joining Jerry as a senior content editor in 2021, Jessica created visual content for clients such as Expedia, Vivid Seats, Budget Direct Car Insurance, Angie’s List, and HomeAdvisor. Her content was published in Business Insider, Forbes, Apartment Therapy, and the BBC.
avatar
Kathleen Flear
badge icon
Car Expert
Kathleen Flear is an expert insurance writer and editor who heads up Jerry’s editorial team as director of content. Kathleen empowers drivers to make smart car ownership decisions through  best-in-class articles on insurance, loans, and maintenance. Prior to joining Jerry in 2021, Kathleen served as managing editor for a team of SEO content marketing professionals at Article-Writing.co and worked as a freelance writer and editor for a range of digital publications, including Chicago Literati magazine and Golden Words. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Queen’s University, and a master’s degree in creative writing and fiction from Sierra Nevada University.
*The price information provided on our car repair webpages is intended for general informational purposes only. Actual prices for car repair services may vary based on various factors, including but not limited to the make and model of your vehicle, the extent of repair required, and the prevailing market conditions. All prices for real repair shops are estimations based on our research only. Therefore, the prices listed on our webpages should not be considered as final quotes or binding offers.