Cargo lid won't open when it's cold out

Asked by Jan 20, 2015 at 08:10 AM about the 2013 Honda CR-V EX-L

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My lid gets stuck--caught on something--and just won't open when it's colder outside for
some reason. It doesn't happen every time (if it's a little warmer out it seems to be ok) so
when we took it to the dealer for repair they said there was no problem. Frustrating. Any
ideas what we can do?

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Intermittent problems can be frustrating. Sounds like the tolerances between the lid and body are just a hair too close. When cold things contract and it sticks but when it warms up things expand and there's enough clearance for the lid to open. The next time it gets stuck go right back to the dealer and show them. Don't bother calling just go up. They'll be able to look at it real quick and see what's going on. HTH. -Jim

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I started having the same intermittent problem a few winters ago with my 2013 Honda CR-V EX. I traded the car in last year for a 2014 Honda CR-V EX-L since I liked the vehicle overall and had the same problem opening the cargo lid when the temps here in NY dipped below 30 degrees. I tried some WD-40 around around the hinge but it didn't work so I took it into my dealer's service dept. (Millennium Honda) that has always done good diagnosis and work for me. I also took it in on a day that wasn't as cold when the problem wasn't easily reproducible. The service dept. fixed the problem. As per the technician statement, "Tech found tale gate switch not operating. Tech found tailgate latch broken due to poor assembly. Tech removed and replaced tailgate switch and tailgate latch." The work was all under warranty so I didn't pay anything. Seems like a design/installation flaw as the problem happened on two CR-V's I have owned in addition to other complaints I read about online. After the replacement, the lid is working fine in cold weather. Hopefully I will be able to say the same thing next winter which will be the test. Long story short, the previous answer of going to the dealer is correct and don't let them get off with a lubricating brush off answer that won't work. If that's all they have to say, find another Honda service dept. especially if the car is under warranty. - HJ

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