Boot does not lock or open Inspection Service
Boot are one of the simpler components of a vehicle, but just like any other mechanical part, they can malfunction. Sometimes your boot won’t lock, while other times it won’t even open.
Common reasons for this to happen:
- Broken latch: The latch is what allows your boot to close. The latch in your boot operates the same as the latch in your door or seatbelt. There is a connecting unit on the boot and on the frame of the car, and when you close the boot the two pieces latch together, sealing the boot securely. When you open the boot, the latch releases and allows the door to unhinge. If this latch is damaged while the boot is closed, it can lose its ability to release. This will often happen if the car absorbs impact around the boot. When your latch breaks, you’ll be unable to open the boot.
- Damaged boot cable: Some vehicles don’t have a handle on their boot, and rely entirely on a lever in the cabin (or a button on the keys) to open. In this case, you release the latch not by pulling on a handle on the boot, but by tugging on a trigger (usually near the driver’s seat), which accesses the boot latch via a cable. When this cable is broken, there is no connection between the boot latch and the trunk opening lever, and you won’t be able to open the boot.
- Lock actuator malfunction: The lock actuator is what controls the lock on your boot. It is a small motor with gears that shift when you lock the boot, so that the latch cannot release the door. If this motor dies, the booot latch will no longer be able to lock or unlock.
- Broken locking mechanism: When you press the boot lock button inside your vehicle or on your car keys, it sends a signal to the actuator to lock the doors and the boot. If this button doesn’t lock any of the doors, then most likely the battery in the button is dead or the button is faulty. If the button locks the doors, but doesn’t lock the boot, then the actuator is probably at fault.
What to expect:
A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to determine the source and cause of the boot malfunction, and will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.
How it’s done:
The mechanic will inspect the entire boot locking system and determine what it will take to restore the proper locking and unlocking functions.
How important is this service?
You won’t damage your vehicle by driving it if the boot won’t lock or open. However, a car with a boot that won’t lock invites theft. If the boot opens while you’re driving, you could potentially lose belongings kept in the boot or obstruct your visibility out of the rearview mirror.