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Does anyone else with a 04 Taurus have this problem where you have to press the open trunk button 3 or 4 times before it opens. It makes the clicking noise every time but doesn't open on the 1st try. After the trunk opens it doesn't open all the way, I still have to do the lifting, I wonder if the spring is bad. Is it supposed to open all the way or just a little where you still have to do some lifting.
 

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Does anyone else with a 04 Taurus have this problem where you have to press the open trunk button 3 or 4 times before it opens. It makes the clicking noise every time but doesn't open on the 1st try. After the trunk opens it doesn't open all the way, I still have to do the lifting, I wonder if the spring is bad. Is it supposed to open all the way or just a little where you still have to do some lifting.
See pic. Do not know how this happens but daughter was driving this. I put a short piece of pipe over the spring end and reset it in one of the catches. If this not enough, you can adjust them up a notch. Work with care and not getting any body parts in the way of a spring getting away from you.


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Mine used to have a similar issue. Got to the point where you'd have to give it a good thump to get it to let loose. A little WD-40 in the latch mechanism and it opens no problemo.


Similarly, nearly every vehicle I've ever owned has had sticking problems with the hood (it gets very dusty out here). Saturate the latch with WD-40, work it a bit and problem solved!
 

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Mine used to have a similar issue. Got to the point where you'd have to give it a good thump to get it to let loose. A little WD-40 in the latch mechanism and it opens no problemo.


Similarly, nearly every vehicle I've ever owned has had sticking problems with the hood (it gets very dusty out here). Saturate the latch with WD-40, work it a bit and problem solved!

Is it safe on the latch mechanism seeing how there are electronic parts there?
 

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^^^^^ Yes
 

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Yeah, I've sprayed WD-40 near electrical connections for years and never had a problem. Now, if you were to open the connector, spray WD-40 in there, re-connect it and energize it, yeah, you're asking for trouble.


A little splatter on the closed connector isn't going to hurt. Hell, if you use the straw and gentle trigger pressure, you won't even cause any splatter at all (you'll end up with a neat little silicone-fall, but that's sorted by just putting a rag or a container or something underneath to catch it).
 

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Been there. Tried lube but the real problem is the stamped metal trunk latch which over time squeezes together and does not let the mechanism move freely. I inserted a small screwdriver in the latch and spread the casing a part. Doesn't have to be every much.


This is my post on fixing a trunk lid that didn't pop open.



I decided to tackle my one 2001 with a trunk opening issue. Cleaned the latch with solvent but the inside pull handle would not release the latch and the lid didn't pop up. I figured out that the stamped metal case is just a little too tight to let the plastic latch release. I stuck a pick in between the two stamped halves which were touching and spread them open just a little. The space between them is now 1/32 to 1/16 of an inch and the latch works perfect. Latch must have gotten pinched over time.
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WD-40 is good for getting gunk out but it's not a long term lubricant. I'd look at spraying some white lithium grease into the latch assembly for best results.
 

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Yes, that should be fine. I'd recommend not touching those, they can snap back rather powerfully.
 

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I"ve noticed that on my 07 when I press the trunk release, I hear the click but nothing happens---but the trunk has been released, just doesn't open fully- How did I learn that? I started to drive and the trunk opened up! So now, as soon as I pop the trunk (and hear the click) I give it a little tug and it always opens.

As it opens fine after that (pops open about 8 inchs when I press the release) I chalked it up to a seal being formed by the weather stripping that is just firm enough to keep the trunk in place. Perhaps messing with the spring settings would help, but knowing that the trunk will open when I pull on it is OK enough for me.
 

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If I remember correctly, the latch not only unlatches the lock but pushes the trunk lid upwards. The unlock is working but the pushing portion is sticking.
 

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Silicone lube on the gasket will stop the sticking there. I wipe on a thin layer of dielectric grease on all my door seals.
 
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