If you find a noise on your car, you are right to be concerned of it and take it seriously, although it is possible that nothing major will result, it is also possible that it is the sign of a more critical repair. A noise that occurs in the trunk of your Acura TL is thankfully more a indication of a small adjustment or restoration, rather than a difficult one. To help you in your research, we have decided to write this article to present you with the most likely solutions to your issue. First we will see that this trunk noise on your Acura TL can come from built up dirt, the issue can also come from a loose lock and finally, it can even come from a simple rivet that sits inside your bumper.
Noise in the trunk Acura TL : Built up dirt that causes poor closing
We will therefore begin with a trunk noise on your Acura TL triggered by dirt accumulated on your joints, lock for example. In fact, it is possible that on a car that is already a few years old and whose cleaning is not always a main concern or that the roads used are not very clean that dirt collects at the trunk gasket. This issue causes a poor closure of the trunk and a noise that can sound like a crack. To verify if you are in this condition, open the trunk of your Acura TL, examine the state of the gasket that goes around the entire tailgate and clean it with a wet/soap cloth, dry the whole thing and try to close the trunk and take a dentred road to see the improvement. If this is not the case, continue to the other hypotheses that will probably give a solution. It is possible however that you have a trunk noise on your Acura TL that is connected to other origins such as shock absorbers, do not hesitate to read this article on the noises at the back of a Acura TL.
Noise in the trunk of my Acura TL : Loose lock, clicking noise
Second probability, you may also, over time, encounter a locking system that became loose. And this is one of the most likely alternatives. In fact, knowing a trunk noise on your Acura TL is very frequently connected to this issue. Several solutions are existing to you according to the level of play you have with your lock. The first is that in some cases the offset is minimal and a simple greasing of the system with thick grease is appropriate to resolve the trouble. Secondly, it is also possible that you really have a lot of play on your lock and that each time the trunk “jumps”, in which circumstance you would have to take off the cover that enables access to the lock (inside the trunk). Then, using torx screws, you unscrew the striker attached to the threshold, just push it back a little towards the inside of the trunk and tighten it again. Make sure to verify the centering of the striker in connection with the trunk lock. If after checking the trunk of your Acura TL closes badly, it means that you have moved it too far, repeat the process by pushing the striker less.
Noise in my trunk Acura TL : Rivet following plate swap in the trunk/ bumper
Finally, one of the last possibilities. It is that following a license plate swap you were unfortunate and that a piece of rivet fell at the rear of your plate. In fact, when a plate swap is made, to take out the old one the strategy used is to drill the existing rivets in order to put out the license plate. Sadly, it can happen that part of the rivet falls into the hole of the bumper and it will therefore wander inside the bumper and can generate an annoying noise. To check that it is this problem you are experiencing, and that you have a trunk noise on your Acura TL linked to a rivet, you will need to verify that it is in the tailgate open it and stir it to define the noise. If this is your situation, you will have to take out the linings from the trunk to remove it. Finally, if it is your bumper, it is in this rarer and more problematic situation, you will have to take out the bumper to remove the bits of rivet that are running around.