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Old 02-27-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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my trunk doesn't work ne more when u press the button on the driver door or fob. to open the trunk i have to jump where the trunk release relay is. if i put a relay in there it'* gets extreme hot to the touch and i have to wait for it to cool off to jump and open the trunk again. ne clues to direct me on what to look for or do
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Have you tried a different relay? If so, you may have a short. You would need to start testing wires.
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something in the load side is drawing too much current, shorted wire or the solenoid itself. try disconnecting the solenoid and put the relay in and see if it gets hot still, if it does its the wiring if it doesnt its the trunk popper.
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can't see what year you have but there should be a same # relay in the panel you could swap to see if it is the relay. if not relay check wiring for short or maybe lube trunk solenoid parts
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it'* a 94 se and it doesn't matter what relay i use it does the same thing. i will try disconnecting the solenoid
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let us know what you find
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Most likely it is the solenoid that is causing the problem. As mentioned, unplug it and then check the relay.
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I disconnected the wires going into the trunk and the relay still gets hot with no connection to the trunk
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then your problem is between those. make sure you check out the relay socket and wiring to it those are common trouble spots
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how do i check the relay socket and wiring to it. it'* in the passenger side kick panel and i don't see how i can piull it off or access it
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