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How to Fix Problems with Your Honda Accord Trunk

It can be frustrating to own a Honda Accord and have something go wrong with the trunk. It is no secret that the Honda Accord has consistently been rated one of the most reliable sedans in the world. It is fun to drive, filled with features, and considered to be durable and dependable. These are all the components of a great car. Even so, things can go wrong.

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Since the trunk on your Accord is such a necessary part of the vehicle, you depend on it functioning properly at all times. However, certain mechanisms can break down over time. Knowing how to fix them will make your life as a car owner that much more enjoyable. Continue reading to learn how to fix some of the most common problems with trunks on the Honda Accord. 

My Honda Accord Trunk Keeps Beeping

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There are many safety features built into your Honda Accord. One of them involves an annoying beeping sound that will be audible anytime something is just not quite right. You will notice it when you put your key in the ignition and turn it on. If you hear a beeping sound, you should not continue driving. Instead, you need to figure out why the car is beeping in the first place. 

In the case of a beeping sound along with a trunk indicator, it likely means that your trunk is open. This can be dangerous when driving because you do not want your trunk lid flying open when you are traveling at a high rate of speed. In order to get the beeping sound to stop, you will need to get out and close the trunk and make sure that it stays shut. 

Now, here is a bonus tip for you. If your trunk is beeping and keeps opening when you try to close it, then that is an indication that you have left your keys in the trunk. This is a safety feature installed on newer Accords that prevents you from locking your keys in the trunk. If you have ever done that in the past, then you will surely appreciate this new feature. 

My Honda Accord Trunk Light is Not Working

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While not necessary to drive, the trunk light in your Honda Accord is nonetheless a most useful feature. Besides illuminating your belongings, it is also a safety feature when loading up your car at night in a dark place. The light is designed to come on automatically when the trunk is open and then turn off by itself as soon as the trunk is closed again. 

If the light stops working, there is probably something wrong with the wiring that goes to the light bulb. As long your battery and fuses are working in the car, then there is always power available to turn on the light bulb. In essence, there are two main reasons why the light may not be working:

  • There is an issue with the wire going to the latch switch. 
  • The latch switch itself has a problem. 

Let’s start with the latch switch. This switch tells the light bulb to either turn off or on depending upon whether the trunk is either opened or closed. If that switch stops working for some reason, then the light will either stay on all the time or never come on at all. In that case, you will need to have the latch switch fixed or replaced.

There could also be a problem with the wire that goes to the latch switch, thereby signaling to the light bulb that it is time to turn on. You can conduct a test to see if the wire is getting any juice. If it is not, then you will want to fix the connection, and the light bulb should then begin turning on when needed. 

My Honda Accord Trunk Won’t Open

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The trunk on your Honda Accord is so useful that there are many different ways to open it. When making the claim that the trunk won’t open, it comes down to which of the available options is no longer working. Over time, some Accord owners have reported that the latch by the driver’s seat no longer works. 

Until you get that fixed, you can either use the remote on your key chain or unlock it with a key. With newer Accords, you may need to look around for the keyhole on the trunk. This is because your key fob is designed to open it. Look around the lenses on the tail lamp over on the right side of the trunk. You should find a keyhole that you can use to open the trunk in a pinch. 

My Honda Accord Trunk Won’t Close

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Your trunk must close if you are going to drive your Accord. If you want to keep from having to use bungee cords to secure it, thus looking like something out of a Beverly Hillbillies sitcom, then you are going to need to figure out what the problem is. Typically, there are three main culprits:

  • One of your key fobs is in the trunk – This is a new safety feature on the Accord. The trunk will not close if you leave your key in there. Commonly, the key will be placed in a bag and you forget about it, such as after working out at the gym. Find the key, put it in your pocket, and the trunk will then close. 
  • The trunk latch is out of alignment – The Accord trunk closes via a latch. When properly engaged, the lever will go into a hole, secure itself, and the trunk will not open. If the latch comes out of alignment, this cannot happen. When that happens, you will need to get out the toolbox and likely tighten up the latch until it is back in proper alignment. 
  • You have overloaded the trunk – You may have too many items stored in the trunk. In this case, the latch may not have enough room to maneuver itself into position. Either rearrange some of the items or put a few of them in the back seat. The trunk should then close. 

While other potential issues could cause your Accord to not close, these are the most likely reasons you should check out first.

My Honda Accord Trunk Keeps Opening

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Unless you are actively putting something in the trunk of your Accord, you want to make sure that it stays closed. If it keeps opening, you will understandably be concerned. The key is to figure out what the issue is and then work to correct it. 

Thankfully, this is most likely the case of you accidentally pressing the trunk button on your key fob. If you wear tight pants or shorts, this can often happen. You may also be setting something on top of the key when in your bag. Either of these events can cause the button to be depressed and your trunk opening without you intending it to be. 

There is a Lock Problem with My Honda Accord Trunk

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If you cannot lock the trunk on your Honda Accord, you will want to figure out what the problem is right away. If you are convinced that there is nothing wrong with the lock itself, then there are a few things you should check out. 

  • Inspect the locking mechanism – This is the switch that closes around the inside of the trunk to make sure it is locked. This might be out of alignment. If it is, the trunk will not be able to lock itself until you get it fixed. You can do this at home with the proper tools. 
  • Make sure the trunk release lever is not engaged – There is a trunk release lever inside your Accord on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Make sure that this is not pulled out and stuck for some reason. If it is, then there is no way that the trunk can be locked until you disengage it. 
  • Ensure there are no obstructions in the trunk – The sensors on the Accord are sensitive. If there is something in the way of the trunk closing properly, it will not lock. You will need to appease the sensor before you are able to get the trunk locked again. 

If none of these things appears to be a problem, then you will need to have a locksmith inspect the locking mechanism itself. There could be either an issue with your key or with the lock itself. Either one of these can be easily fixed or replaced by a professional locksmith. 

My Honda Accord Trunk is Not Locking

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The first thing you will want to do if your Honda Accord trunk is not locking is check to make sure you are pushing the right button. Since most people today will lock the trunk remotely, this is important. To lock the trunk, you will want to push the ‘lock’ button on the side of your key fob. That will lock all of the doors and the trunk. 

If your trunk will not lock after doing this, then you have one of two likely issues taking place. 

  • You have another key fob in the trunk – If this is the case, the trunk on the new Honda Accords will not lock no matter how hard you try. This is a safety feature. While aggravating at times, it is designed to ensure nothing bad happens as a result of you locking those keys in the trunk.
  • The locking mechanism is stuck or misaligned – The latch striker might need to be adjusted. In this case, you will want to tighten the bolts to ensure that the latch is properly aligned with the locking mechanism in the trunk. Until you do this, the trunk will not be able to lock no matter how hard you try. 

Check out one of those two options, as you will probably find out that this is the cause of your problem. If not, you will want to swing by the dealership and have them take a look to see what is happening. 

My Honda Accord Trunk Release Button is Not Working

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Modern Accords make is easy to open your trunk. You just push a button on your key fob, and it will open for you automatically. However, what do you do if the trunk simply will not open when you press that button? 

There are several possible reasons why this is malfunctioning for you. 

The first thing you will look at is the battery for your key fob. Many people forget that fobs run off a battery. Replace that, and you will probably be back in business. 

There may also be a problem with the trunk actuator switch that you need to take care of. This might be a fuse that has blown and needs to be replaced. 

In rare cases, the battery in your Accord may be causing the signal from your fob to the actuator switch to be interrupted. A locksmith can fix any of these problems for you. 

My Honda Accord Trunk Won’t Latch

Car trunk door open

It can be frustrating to have a trunk that will not latch. You certainly do not want to be driving down the highway and realize that the trunk has flown open, so it is important to get this fixed as quickly as possible. 

There are three things that you should look at first before feeling the need to take the car to a mechanic to fix the issue. 

  • Give the latch a proper cleaning – The latch and the lid of the trunk need to be cleaned from time to time. Make sure you remove any debris that might be in the way of the latch switch, as that might be preventing it from taking hold. 
  • Look for any damage to the latch – The latch itself could have been damaged somehow. You might notice that it has been bent to the point that it no longer catches when trying to lock. You might be able to fix this yourself, otherwise, you need a professional to take a look.
  • Make sure the emergency release lever is working – Take a look at the release lever and make sure it is not stuck. You might just need to unstick it to get your trunk to finally latch shut once again. 

You will probably find that your issue is related to one of these three items. Once you figure out what is causing the problem, you should be able to get your trunk to start latching easily enough. 

My Honda Accord Trunk Won’t Open with a Key

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Even with all of the advanced technology we have today, there may be occasions where you still want to open your Accord’s trunk with a key. If it will not open, there are several possible problems at play. 

If you have not used the locking mechanism in quite some time, it could be filled with debris or become rusty. Clean it as best you can and see if the key starts working at the point. There may also be something stuck in the lock itself. If there is, get some small pliers and try to work the object out. 

If your trunk still will not open with a key, try to use the key fob or trunk release lever located on the driver’s side of the interior. If it opens at that point, then the issue is limited to your key. The next time you are near a locksmith, pop in and have them take a look. 

My Honda Accord Trunk Latch is Not Working

Car trunk latch

If the latch to your Honda Accord trunk is not working, make sure that it is clean and free of debris. If there is something in the way, the latch will not catch hold. 

You may also notice that the latch has become damaged or bent. If it has, you will want to get out your tools and see if you can repair the problem. If not, a visit to the local mechanic is in order. 

My Honda Accord Trunk Won’t Open with the Remote

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If the trunk on your Honda Accord will not open with the remote, the first thing you need to check is the battery. These do not go out very often, but they will die eventually. Replace the battery and you will probably find that the trunk starts to open when you push the button once again. 

You may also have an issue with the signal not reaching the trunk. That could be due to a faulty fuse on the car or a battery that has gone awry. Check out both of these and see if a replacement is in order. 

My Honda Accord Trunk Won’t Stay Closed

Rear view of car trunk

If the trunk to your Honda Accord will not stay closed, you will want to first make sure you have not left the key back there. If you have, it will never close for you. Get the key out and the trunk will close for you. 

You may also need to work on the lever that closes the trunk. Make sure that it is free of debris and nothing is catching it to prevent it from closing properly. 

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