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Old 05-09-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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Tonneau cover latch won't open on one side

I'm having a problem getting the tonneau to sit flush against the car. I lifted the lid and noticed that the latch is open on the side (pass) but it is closed on the driver's side. Since it's closed, it can't accept the hook from the tonneau cover, latch, and pull it down.

I noticed that the latch is controlled by a stainless steel cable underneath. I suspect that whatever motor controlling this cable isn't working??

Does anyone know of a way to get it stuck open? I'd rather have it stuck open than closed so the tonneau sits flush at least.

I tried to pry it open with a flathead and I tried to pull the cable with pliers...neither worked.

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Old 05-09-2013, 04:31 PM   #2
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Remove your rear seat (pull!), lift this cover and check that both cable ends are connected properly. Since one side is unlocked properly the mechanism should be in the position in this picture. If both cable ends are connected properly, then either the cable is broken, or the latch is broken.

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Old 05-09-2013, 04:33 PM   #3
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OK, I'll give this a shot. Thanks for the reply! I'll report back.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:56 PM   #4
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You most likely have a broken bowden cable.....

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