99 Solara broken trunk release

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Old 07 May 2006, 02:28 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 99 Solara broken trunk release

Hello, all.
I have a '99 Solara SLE, and the trunk release just broke.
I popped it (i.e., the floor latch) the other day, and the release lost
its tension--i.e., it didn't go back down to the floor. Of course, I
knew something was up. Sure enough, the trunk lid refused to
close--latch closed, that is. Try to shut it, and it just bounced back
up.
Anyway, I disassembled the unit (taking the liner off the lid and
unbolting the top mechanism) and disconnected the remote cable from the
lock--just popping the cable/ball out of the catch. Works just fine, so
I assume there's a kink in the wire, or possible corrosion in the cable
conduit. The klinker: the car was in a slight flood about 7 months ago,
with salty water. No other problems resulted, but I *have* feared "down
the line" problems.

What would be involved in replacing this cable? Dare I tug on it in
hopes of freeing it? I use it regularly, so it would be strange if it
the problem was it freezing in place (like an unused parking brake).

thanks.

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