1993 Cadillac Seville (4.9L) Trunk Latch System

Reply

  #1  
Old 05-18-08, 07:38 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 4
1993 Cadillac Seville (4.9L) Trunk Latch System

Wondered if anyone might be able to give me some guidance on the 1993 Seville trunk latch system. While checking fuses inside the trunk (driver's side panel), I accidently placed one of the 20A fuses into an unused location. To my suprise, this apparently completed a circuit which drove the (body side) trunk latch "hook" upwards approximately an inch or so. I've never seen this feature on any car and didn't realize I had it. I can't find any reference to this in the Haynes manual. Does anyone know how to reverse or reset this? My trunk lid is now raised above the surrounding rear panels!
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 05-18-08, 07:48 PM
Unclediezel's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northeastern PA.
Posts: 2,230
Ok..... Slowly....

It was designed to "Suck" the trunk lid down to full closed position without "SLAMMING" it. A gentle touch engages the latch, and the motor lowers the trunk to the closed position.

There will be a switch on the TRUNK latch, to let the motor know it is closed and it should retract. Usually there is a "TAB" broken off of the retractor switch.

With the trunk open, press a screwdriver blade into the latch and close the "TEETH". Simultaneously, engage the retractor switch by hand. Once it is retracted, pull the fuse back out until you can troubleshoot the system. It may be helpful to find another Caddy, and see how it is supposed to work. It has been used on most models since the early 80's.
 
  #3  
Old 05-18-08, 07:57 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 4
Very much appreciate the rapid response-I'll give that a try in the morning. Just curious--As far as I can tell, there was no fuse in the fuse block which caused the (body side) latchhook mechanism to raise to it's fully extended position. Is there supposed to be a fuse there? I'm not the original owner, so who knows what's happened in the past. If I understand your post correctly, it sounds as if it might have been designed to raise the "hook" whenever the trunk lid was opened--and then "snug" it back down when closed?
 
  #4  
Old 05-19-08, 03:17 PM
Unclediezel's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northeastern PA.
Posts: 2,230
If I understand your post correctly, it sounds as if it might have been designed to raise the "hook" whenever the trunk lid was opened--and then "snug" it back down when closed?
EXACTLY CORRECT......

Likely what happened is the system wasnt working properly, so when it went down, some one pulled the fuse to keep it down......Plugging the fuse back in allowed it to do what it "THINKS" it is supposed to do.

Get a hold of the wiring diagram....I'm not at work at the moment , so I dont have it handy, but I'll post it in the morning if not.

It can be frustrating, but it isnt all that complex, and far more intimidating than it actually is. It works basically the same as a Power window, Except the switch is activated by the trunk lid instead of your hand.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes