Corvette Action Center - The ultimate online hub of Corvette news and information! Click here to go to the Corvette Forums!

Supporting Vendors / Dealers - Supporting Membership - Advertising Information - Corvette Amazon Shop
Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    ottawa, canada
    Posts
    15
    Corvette(s)
    2006 Black convertible

    Default Convertible trunk lid won't fully open.

    I bought my 06 convertible last September and from the start, the trunk lid would not open wide enough for me to slid my fingers underneath. Some cooler mornings I have had to reclose and pop the lid several times before I could pry it open. At first I thought I could live with it but now I find it really annoying. Why GM can't design a stupid trunk lid to open properly is beyond me!!

    So, I fiddled with the alignment of the catch and it seemed to get a little better. Then I brought it to the dealer and they lubricated the crap out of the latch and lid hinge mechanism and adjusted the latch. They said that the lid now consistently opened the required 1.5 inches every time. I picked up my keys, walked to the car, pressed the trunk release on the remote and the lid barely opened! It was worse than when I brought it in.

    So, the dealer service guy wants me to bring it in again so that he can consult with the shop foreman, yadda, yadda, yadda...

    Has anyone out there had their latch replaced by GM? Is there some kind of precedent (TSB) which I can reference to the service guy for replacing the faulty latch with a new one. I have heard that the new latches have a stronger push-up spring.

    Thanks,
    B.

  2. #2
    Technical Advisor c4c5specialist's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    New Haven, Ct. USA
    Posts
    3,742
    Corvette(s)
    Nope, but someday.

    Default

    Hi there,
    There is no TSB and yes, the revised latch does come with a stronger spring.
    I believe the spring is either blue or brown.
    Allthebest, c4c5
    GM World Class Certified Technician.
    Like us: www.facebook.com/corvettemechanic
    http://twitter.com/GMvettemechanic
    http://thecorvettemechanic.com
    Podcast: Itunes, search 'the corvette mechanic'

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    ottawa, canada
    Posts
    15
    Corvette(s)
    2006 Black convertible

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by c4c5specialist View Post
    Hi there,
    There is no TSB and yes, the revised latch does come with a stronger spring.
    I believe the spring is either blue or brown.
    Allthebest, c4c5
    Well I got my new latch with the stronger spring after my third visit to the dealer. The trunk pops up alright but now I have to SLAM the stupid trunk to shut it. I also noticed that it popped up on its own while I was shopping in a hardware store. Be careful what you wish for. Sigh...

    I think I'll tinker with the catch location. The latched trunk seems to be sitting a bit below the rear bodywork.

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    ottawa, canada
    Posts
    15
    Corvette(s)
    2006 Black convertible

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by bryan_p View Post
    Well I got my new latch with the stronger spring after my third visit to the dealer. The trunk pops up alright but now I have to SLAM the stupid trunk to shut it. I also noticed that it popped up on its own while I was shopping in a hardware store. Be careful what you wish for. Sigh...

    I think I'll tinker with the catch location. The latched trunk seems to be sitting a bit below the rear bodywork.
    I got up the courage to remove the trunk liner panel over the latch. Not a big deal at all. I had pictured some kind of spiral clock-like spring built into the latch which was used to push up the lid. Instead I found this big honkin trampoline spring mounted external to the latch. It looks like the dealer replaced the spring with a higher-tension yellow one. I don't know why they put up such a big fuss over repairing this - a 2 dollar part and 10 minutes of labour.

    Anyways, I loosened the three latch mounting screws and there was enough clearance in the mounting holes to allow me to raise the latch by a thirty-second of an inch. That was all it took to make it work. It takes a bit of getting used to (compared to my Maxima trunk which closes under its own weight) but a firm lower-case slam closes it every time. I'm a happy guy. They also replaced the silly ashtray which kept popping open and now I have reached the end of my warranty.

    B.

  5. #5
    vert_vette
    Guest

    Default my fix

    same problem here...I noticed the latch on the lid was off to the right a little, so I got my torx, loosened it and slid it to the left.....now my lid opens every time


    try adjusting the latch on the trunk lid left or right

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    ottawa, canada
    Posts
    15
    Corvette(s)
    2006 Black convertible

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by vert_vette View Post
    same problem here...I noticed the latch on the lid was off to the right a little, so I got my torx, loosened it and slid it to the left.....now my lid opens every time


    try adjusting the latch on the trunk lid left or right
    Initially that's what I did. I noticed wear marks on the lid's catch where it was rubbing on the inside of the latch so I moved it down and to the left. This improved things but still the trunk would only open 0.5". I talked with my service guy and apparently they changed the entire latch (although I have no way of verifying that) when all they needed to change was the push-up spring. The spring tension is definitely greater (or the push-up lever is longer?). It's much more difficult to depress the push-up lever with my thumb. When released, the trunk actually pops up and back down again! The opening is a full 1.5" now.

    B.

Similar Threads

  1. Help! 81 choke problem
    By 81mako in forum L81 Vette Registry Forum
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-16-08, 10:26 PM
  2. Replies: 23
    Last Post: 04-12-07, 05:08 PM
  3. 2002 Console Door Won't Fully Open
    By Bonnell in forum C5 General Discussion
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 09-14-06, 01:57 PM
  4. Underside of Trunk Lid
    By Ncbosshoss in forum C5 General Discussion
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 12-07-04, 05:03 AM
  5. Part I Long Post...Convertible Top Care...
    By EBVette in forum C1 & C2 General and Technical Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-03-04, 08:06 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© CORVETTE is a registered trademark of the General Motors Corporation & Chevrolet Motor Division.  Neither Chevrolet Motor Division nor any subsidiaries of GM© shall bear any responsibility for CorvetteActionCenter.com content, comments, or advertising. CorvetteActionCenter.com is independent from GM© and is not affiliated with, sponsored or supported by GM©.  Copyright/trademark/sales mark infringements are not intended, or implied.  All Rights Reserved