Honda Accord/Civic/Prelude 1973-1983 Repair Guide

Power Trunk and Liftgate System


The power liftgate release system consists of a release switch (usually found on the dash panel), a wiring harness, lock solenoid and linkage rods. The power trunk system consists of a push button release switch (usually found in the glove box), a door latch solenoid and the necessary wiring.


Trunk Opener Latch
  1. Pry the cover off the trunk opener handle. Remove the door sill molding.
  3. Remove the trunk opener. Disconnect the link from the trunk lid lock cylinder.
  5. Remove the trunk latch molding bolts. Disconnect all electrical connections.
  7. Loosen the trunk opener cable lock nut and remove the cable end from the slot in the trunk lock. Tie a wire to the trunk end of the cable before removing it, so the new cable can be pulled in.
  9. Pull off the door opening trim and pull the cable out between the quarter panel and body.
  11. Install a new cable, as required.
  13. Install the remaining components by installing in reverse order of removal.


Power Trunk Latch Test

There should be continuity between the G/BI lead and the ground when the trunk lid is open and no continuity when the trunk lid is closed.

Power Tailgate Switch Test

There should be continuity between the switch terminals when the switch is in the ON position and no continuity when the switch is in the OFF position.

Power Tailgate Solenoid Test

Using a suitable ohmmeter, check for continuity between the terminal and the solenoid body ground. There should be continuity. If there is no continuity, replace the solenoid.