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2010 sebring--trunk lid will not latch--also lid very heavy

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2010 sebring--trunk lid will not latch--also lid very heavy to open
JA: Have you tried silicone spray or WD-40?
Customer: yes
JA: What is the make/model of your car?
Customer: 2010 chrylser sebring convertible
JA: Are you fixing your Convertible yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: no just asking questions
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 month ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

The problem could be a few things. It could be the latch itself, damage to the trunk lid or striker or an alignment issue, the problem may simply be that the latch pawl has rotated to the closed position while the lid is open.

When attempting to close it does it get almost closed, hits very solidly and bounces back?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
it does, but why is trunk lid so heavy to lift open
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 month ago.

If it seems heavier than it should it is because of weak struts.

It sounds as if the latch pawl is in the closed position. If you look at it I think you will see it's not open and can't accept the striker. If so, insert the key in the lock cylinder, insert a screwdriver into the latch where the striker would be if the trunk was actually closed. While turning the key use the screwdriver to move the pawl to the open position.