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#532191 - 09/03/04 02:59 PM Trunk Won't Stay Open
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Registered: 02/15/04
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So back when I went on that little road trip last week in the first few minutes of driving all heard a loud bang of metal so I pull over to investigate it and find out the trunk won't stay open but itself anymore, There any way to fix this? I can't see what is broke. It's slightly annoying to have to hold it and it is more heavy that one would think.
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#532192 - 09/03/04 03:13 PM Re: Trunk Won't Stay Open
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Sounds like one of your torsion rods got knocked out of its slot. I will try to remember to get pics of my torsion rods and post them later, if you haven't figured it out by then.
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#532193 - 09/03/04 03:45 PM Re: Trunk Won't Stay Open
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Torsion Bar Loading
WARNING: Safety glasses must be worn when performing this operation.

NOTE: The luggage compartment door tension should be decreased if the luggage compartment door opens with more force than desired. The luggage compartment door tension should be increased if the luggage compartment door opens with less force than desired.

Open and support the luggage compartment door in the full-open position.
WARNING: Use care when adjusting the luggage compartment door/tailgate hinge torsion bar (44891). It is under tension and could spring out of control if it is not handled properly.

Move the luggage compartment door end of the luggage compartment door/tailgate hinge torsion bar to another position.

Check the adjustment.
WARNING: Use care when adjusting the luggage compartment door/tailgate hinge torsion bar. It is under tension and could spring out of control if it is not handled properly.

Move the luggage compartment door end of the luggage compartment door/tailgate hinge torsion bar to another position.

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#532194 - 09/03/04 03:52 PM Re: Trunk Won't Stay Open
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I ran into this problem not too long ago. The rod snapped on the right side. I had to get it replaced. The part is about $20. It was a pain to install. It took me about 10 tries and two days before I could find the right way to put the rod back on without it snapping back at me. I still have the old one as a souvenir of all the pain it caused me.
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#532195 - 09/03/04 04:57 PM Re: Trunk Won't Stay Open
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Loc: Michigan
Thanks for a new challenge
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#532196 - 09/03/04 05:01 PM Re: Trunk Won't Stay Open
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Registered: 06/17/04
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Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan
Oh man, you have a problem with your truck not staying open. Mine opens all the time. I'll just be driving and it will pop open and then the wind will catch it and just fling it all the way open.
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#532197 - 09/03/04 05:02 PM Re: Trunk Won't Stay Open
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Oh man, you have a problem with your truck not staying open. Mine opens all the time. I'll just be driving and it will pop open and then the wind will catch it and just fling it all the way open.




Which is worse?
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#532198 - 09/03/04 05:13 PM Re: Trunk Won't Stay Open
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Quote:

Quote:

Oh man, you have a problem with your truck not staying open. Mine opens all the time. I'll just be driving and it will pop open and then the wind will catch it and just fling it all the way open.




Which is worse?




The trunk popping open while driving.


I've been considering increasing the tension on mine. With the added weight of the antennae, cables, strobes, etc., the lid sags a little. It just seems like a bit of a pain to deal with those rods.
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#532199 - 09/06/04 11:29 PM Re: Trunk Won't Stay Open
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I looked at it yesturday while up north and one of the metal bars is broke in a few pieces so It looks like I just need to replace the bar but you won't belive how hard it has been to find any 92-97 vic's in my area in junk yards.
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#532200 - 09/07/04 07:45 PM Re: Trunk Won't Stay Open
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Plenty of '97 and older in the yards around here, it's almost impossible to find the '98+ though. Everyone is holding on to them. There's a taxi repair shop I pass that has about twenty or so totaled '98+ vics, and the CPD boneyard is full of them as well, too many to count.
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#532201 - 09/07/04 11:20 PM Re: Trunk Won't Stay Open
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Plenty of '97 and older in the yards around here, it's almost impossible to find the '98+ though. Everyone is holding on to them. There's a taxi repair shop I pass that has about twenty or so totaled '98+ vics, and the CPD boneyard is full of them as well, too many to count.




I may be out that way, The gas smell is making me sick again so If I can't figure it out I'm not going to be motivated to fix anything on the car because it will still try to kill me
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#532202 - 09/08/04 05:00 AM Re: Trunk Won't Stay Open
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Registered: 06/17/04
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Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan
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I may be out that way, The gas smell is making me sick again so If I can't figure it out I'm not going to be motivated to fix anything on the car because it will still try to kill me




That reminds me of that movie Maximum Overdrive starring Emilio Estevez. Crazy trucks trying to kill people. With my trunk popping open just at random times, is there anything to fix that? I don't know too much about that, would it be the latch? Or is it possible that something in my trunk is catching the anti-kidnap trunk release safety cord thing?

P.S. Sorry if this is off topic.
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#532203 - 09/08/04 11:42 AM Re: Trunk Won't Stay Open
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I have that movie! It's so funny, I would think you may want to turn the tension down and make sure the latch is in good condition.
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#532204 - 09/08/04 03:25 PM Re: Trunk Won't Stay Open
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Registered: 06/17/04
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Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan
Awesome, thanks for the info. I'll try that this weekend.
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#532205 - 09/08/04 03:37 PM Re: Trunk Won't Stay Open
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All my other cars were not to hard to adjust. THe vic was a [email protected] It took two guys with a tow strap pulling on it to get it in the last slot. :shudders:
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