Trunk stuck on '06 Sonata

Discussion in 'Hyundai Sonata' started by Roger Blake, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. Roger Blake

    Roger Blake Guest

    A buddy of mine has a 2006 Sonata that suddenly developed a problem
    with the trunk latch, it will not open with either the key or the
    remote. What happens is you can hear the latch operate and the
    trunk pops up barely enough to feel it move, then it won't budge.
    The rear seatbacks can't be folded down either because the security
    switch (located in the trunk!) has those locked up as well. In addition,
    the trunk warning light on the dash stays lit all the time. We could not
    get anywhere with this thing, so he took the car to the dealer (it's still
    under warranty).

    The car was there all day but it seems they have not been able to figure
    out a way to get into the trunk to work on the latch. So it looks like
    they need to keep it a while. In the meantime I'm loaning my friend
    one of my old non-computer, non-remote-access AMC vehicles that he loves
    to poke fun at. (Never had this kind of problem with them in decades
    of driving!)

    Any Hyundai mechanics reading this group that maybe have seen this
    problem or maybe have some ideas?
    Roger Blake, Feb 4, 2010
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  2. Roger Blake

    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    100% guaranteed to work solutions. Pick one.
    A. Sawzall
    B. Local criminal recently charged with burglary
    C. Chop shop

    I don't understand the seat latches. I did not think they were tied
    in with anything to lock them. I check on and did not
    see much about trunk lids or rear seats. The do show hot to change the
    actuator, but they assume the trunk is open.
    Ed Pawlowski, Feb 4, 2010
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  3. Roger Blake

    Roger Blake Guest

    We could not get those seatbacks to budge despite much tugging and
    cursing. So we finally dug out the owner's manual and it shows a
    security latch -- inside the trunk, of course -- that determines
    whether the seatbacks can be opened or not. Apparently the car
    was delivered with the seatback function disabled. (My friend says
    he has never tried to open them before.)

    Maybe the rear seats can be removed to get into the trunk? If not it
    may well come down to the dealer having to drill or cut a hole to get to
    the trunk latch, very messy indeed...
    Roger Blake, Feb 4, 2010
  4. Roger Blake

    Roger Blake Guest

    Well, the dealer managed to get the trunk open. (Maybe they used a
    bigger hammer!)

    It turns out that something inside the trunk got caught in the
    latch and damaged it. Not a warranty item but not too horribly
    expensive from what I'm told. I told my friend to also make sure that
    the security latch for the rear seatbacks is released so they can
    be opened in case this happens again!!
    Roger Blake, Feb 4, 2010
  5. Just what this group needs most - occasional sarcasm.

    BY the way, don't forget the universal "WONDER-BAR!"

    solutions. Pick one.
    A. Sawzall
    B. Local criminal recently charged with burglary
    C. Chop shop
    Rev. Tom Wenndt, Feb 5, 2010
  6. Roger Blake

    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    May be something just on the 06. My '07 and -'10 say nothing about it
    and I've not seen anything about security. It would save you from
    valet parking attendants playing in the trunk, but eliminating it
    saves 75ยข a car.
    Ed Pawlowski, Feb 6, 2010
  7. Roger Blake

    Roger Blake Guest

    Might well have been a one-year thing, I'm not all that familiar with
    these cars. It sure was a PITA in this case.

    I took a look at the car when he got it back, everything works OK
    now including the seatbacks opening up. The only remaining issue
    is that apparently the plastic panel in the trunk lid that covers the
    wiring was broken along with the latch and that was not replaced,
    in fact it was removed. (Price of a new plastic panel would have
    been $108! Sounds like a piece begging to be found in a junkyard
    instead for a few bucks, though it would have to be from a car
    wrecked from the front or side...)
    Roger Blake, Feb 7, 2010
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