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Trunk Won't Latch In My 2001 Ls430


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I cannot close the trunk, even if I slam it. I can see that the latch/lock mechanism (which is part of the actuator assembly in the trunk lid) will trigger if I manually manipulate it. Thus, I am wondering if the striker (the part on the lip of the trunk opening) needs to be adjusted. I see that there are two bolts holding the striker in place. I do know that the actuator sounds like its about to give out. If I use the key fob or the interior latch, I can hear the actuator cycle through like its doing something. However, even when the actuator was malfunctioning, i could get the trunk to latch manually (and open it with a key) if I closed the trunk with some force. Now, it won't even latch. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

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There was a recall/TSB for this on the early LS430s. I can't recall if it was an adjustment or replacement; if you call a dealer they might be able to provide more information.

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There was a recall/TSB for this on the early LS430s. I can't recall if it was an adjustment or replacement; if you call a dealer they might be able to provide more information.

Thanks for your feedback. I called the dealer; the service guy didn't know about the TSB, but did think that the immediate problem of the trunk not latching when I closed it meant that the striker needed to be adjusted. He said there are a couple of bolts holding it in place and that I can adjust the striker upon loosening them. I will post the results.

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  • 3 years later...

Hi Guys,

Just took my car to the dealership and here's the break down of costs for certain symptoms on my 05 LS430 (has 131kmi)

Trunk Latch Striker (Trunk is opening in a clunky manner)

To replace $209 + labor

Telescopic & tilt motors (Non-functioning motors, no in/out or up/down movement)

To replace $1300 +labor

Just a heads up, I'll circle back with alternatives in a couple days!

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