The trunk lid of a pickup truck can be easily damaged or jammed, preventing it from providing the protection it should. In most cases, the latch is the primary headache. So learning how to fix the tonneau cover latch will save a lot of unnecessary trouble. It is also an important part of our daily maintenance to enhance your pickup experience.
In addition to the methods of securing the tonneau cover latches, we will also discuss several common trunk problems and their solutions. There's a problem here, the type of pickup you're using. I used a tri-fold tonneau cover as an example, and I believe most people use either a soft three-fold or a soft four-fold.
Normally, it should activate the sides and unlock the lid when pulled. But the problem is that you have to pull this latch very hard to get to the other side of the latch. Even then, it will stick.
So, how should we fix the tonneau cover latch to prolong its service life?
Begin by unfolding the tonneau cover and discovering that its cables are straight. What I did was introduce a slight deflection in that cable, and it would effectively shorten the length of the cable and allow the firelock to unlock quicker. Next, put a small saw blade on the multi-tool. Then cut a little deeper behind the screw so the cable can go here and the cover can hold it behind the screw. Finally, I capped the cable section and screwed it on.
The conclusion is that the latch repair works well. It just opens up perfectly. If you're having trouble opening the latch, keep trying. No problem, it works fine now.
Or you can try this way.
To do this:
- Remove the latch and place a washer or two under it to force the latch further forward.
- Use a 10mm wrench to remove the bolts.
- Place a thick washer or two under the latch mechanism and reconnect the bolts.
When the trunk is closed, the latch is properly aligned with the catch.
After doing this, you will find that the hard tonneau cover latch is well secured.