Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Houston, Texas,
Re: Synchronize Trunk Latch Hooks
As a self-proclaimed EXPERT and owner/operator of that company that has designed and sells replacement LT Trunk Latch handles, I can tell you what the problem is.
The horizontal channel that actuates the hooks was built using "progressive stamping". A flat sheet moves into a stamping press and has some features stamped at its first stop. Then the sheet moves along in progressive increments where other stamping operations are subsequently performed.
So let's say first stop is punching the holes. The second stop is bending the actuating tabs and forming the channel shape. The holes in the actuating tabs got punched, then the tabs get bent 90 degrees. IF the BEND LINE isn't exactly in the same place relative to the other side, one tab (and it's hole placement) will be higher than the other!
THAT IS ONE of the problems! The other just being poor design! But the "non-synchronized" movement is caused by poor stamping tolerance, as written above.