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Trunk light will not turn off

I recently noticed that my trunk light was no longer working on my 2009 Impala LTZ. The bulb was burnt out, so I replaced it. However, I checked to see if the light turns off when I closed the trunk lid by folding one of my rear seat backs and the light remained on. I cannot find any switch that the trunk lid would activate to turn off the trunk light. How does the light turn off when the l trunk lid is closed? How can can I fix this problem?

I believe the light turns off after 10 minutes anyway because GM cars like this one have a battery saver mode. However, this saver mode does not activate while driving the vehicle and the trunk light should not be on with the lid closed.
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I recently noticed that my trunk light was no longer working on my 2009 Impala LTZ. The bulb was burnt out, so I replaced it. However, I checked to see if the light turns off when I closed the trunk lid by folding one of my rear seat backs and the light remained on. I cannot find any switch that the trunk lid would activate to turn off the trunk light. How does the light turn off when the l trunk lid is closed? How can can I fix this problem?

I believe the light turns off after 10 minutes anyway because GM cars like this one have a battery saver mode. However, this saver mode does not activate while driving the vehicle and the trunk light should not be on with the lid closed.


The switch for the trunk light is contained in the trunk lid latch receiver, at the inside of the trunk (middle, at the bottom). If you look closely, there is a black plastic lever that is moved when the trunk lid is closed. You can move the switch lever with your finger or a small tool. If the lever is broken or deformed, you will have to replace the latch / switch assembly (simply unbolts and unplugs).

You are correct, the 10-minute light “turn off” feature does not operate with the trunk light.
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Thanks for the reply. The spring loaded lever is intact, so the problem may be internal to the latch receiver itself. I am not sure if the receiver can be easily changed out, one may have to remove the rear bumper first, if the recevier is bolted from the rear.
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Thanks for the reply. The spring loaded lever is intact, so the problem may be internal to the latch receiver itself. I am not sure if the receiver can be easily changed out, one may have to remove the rear bumper first, if the recevier is bolted from the rear.

The latch receiver is easy to change - from inside the trunk.

Open the trunk lid. Remove the horizontal plastic trim piece that runs the length of the rear of the trunk opening, at the bottom - which surrounds the latch receiver. Use your fingers to pry on the underside, at the rear (inside of the trunk) of the trim piece. It is held in position with several spring clips that are snapped onto the trim piece. Do not loosen one side and pull up - you will break the piece. Use your hands on the left and right side of the piece at the same time as you pull up.

The part has several bolts which car easy to remove. Note the position of the part. If I remember correctly, it can be adjusted up or down, then the bolts tightened when the new one is installed (it may have elongated bolt holes). It is slightly adjustable to ensure the trunk lid fits snug and flush.

I would suspect the electrical latch is defective, even though it is present and can be moved.

I own a 2014 Impala 2LTZ - and previously owned 2008, 2009 and 2012 Impala LTZ models.

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