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Old 02-07-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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DIY: Run A Manual Trunk Latch Cable Around Your Sub Enclosure

Ever wonder how you will open your trunk if the trunk latch motor fails, and you cannot access the child safety latch? The only way I could think of doing
it is to stomp my sub enclosure out of the way.

I have searched for info on the web but have not found any aftermarket cables, but I did find that the convertible camaro has such a cable, because they cannot pull down the seat to access the child safety latch.

So I ordered the cable from GM Parts House, #20995417, and although my trunk lid does not have the same mounting holes, I was able to easily install and route the cable in under an hour after work today. An easy rainy day project that gives me peace of mind.

I slapped together a PDF on how to do it... Please excuse my crappy photos and ignorance at making professional PDF files.

Before I routed the cable to sit behind the seat I routed it outside the trunk and closed it. The trunk lid did not crimp the cable, it just fit fine, then I pulled it to verify it was easy to open the trunk. See the video:

http://youtu.be/UVldrKEH1Uw
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File Type: pdf 5th Gen Camaro Trunk Manual Trunk Latch Mod.pdf (1.37 MB, 205 views)
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:46 PM   #2
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Not something I feel comfortable trying myself but still a very cool write up. Im impressed
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:28 PM   #3
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Nice write-up, thank you.
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Old 02-08-2014, 04:02 PM   #4
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PDF link gone ? :-(


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Old 02-08-2014, 04:24 PM   #5
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Great idea! It's the little things like this that make the forum such a good place to learn new tricks to overcome problems we all encounter occasionally.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:01 AM   #6
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I just chopped my handle off at the cable.
I wanted a clear liner for my Artwork.
I back filled and stuck a small piece of the floor liner over the small remaining hole, then pained my Trunk Lid Liner.

Was it a bad thing to do?
To cut it off?

Seemed like it was just loose and inactive unless you really had a need to pull it.

Is that why my Car Alarm is sensitive?
Can't think why....


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Old 02-09-2014, 04:30 PM   #7
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I just chopped my handle off at the cable.
I wanted a clear liner for my Artwork
Your's is a good case for running the convertible cable. Both the child safety cable and the convertible back seat cable are connected the same way in the latch motor assembly.

If it's easy to remove your artwork panel, you could open the latch, remove the child safety cable completely, and mount the remote cable. Then run it somewhere else, either on the other side of your sub inclosure, or in your trunk where you can put the "glow in the dark" child safety handle back on, possible on the side of the sub enclosure where it can be reached from both inside the trunk or from behind the seat?
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Old 02-18-2014, 04:56 PM   #9
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just ordered this... cant believe i didnt think of this problem... i have a trunk lid panel and the GMaccessory sub that is bolted in behind the seat, so I would be screwed x2... thank you for the write up!!!!
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:02 PM   #10
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DIY: Run A Manual Trunk Latch Cable Around Your Sub Enclosure

This part number is for a 2011 to 2013 Camaro.
Will it work on my 2010?
GMPartsHouse is unsure?
Thx.

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Old 02-24-2014, 10:07 PM   #11
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I would recommend you open your trunk latch sliding door and see if it looks like the one in the pdf to be sure.
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This part number is for a 2011 to 2013 Camaro.
Will it work on my 2010?
GMPartsHouse is unsure?
Thx.
because there was no convertible in 2010, the part is not listed as such
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