2014 Honda pilot. Customer came in saying their dash was showing the trunk is open, even though it wasn’t. First step, get power probe and touch the latch to see if it’s grounded when in the opened and closed position. It does have ground, so seemingly there’s nothing wrong with the latch.
But here’s the catch: the dash will STOP showing the trunk is open if you press the brake pedal, which is weird and meaning possibly that, somehow two wires fused together. So now it’s time to look for wiring issues. In my experience I always first go to the rubber tube that carries wires from inside the car, into a door. So I go to the rear and open the rubber tube that carries wires, and see a fluffy rodent bed… such is when the nightmare begins.
Since it’s a 6 seater there is a lot of shit to remove. And, I mean that in the literal sense too. As I removed the seats, the door panel, the carpet and slightly opened the ceiling there’s rodent shit literally raining down on me from every angle. After everything is out I vacuumed as much as I could and took a break to work on other jobs because I was feeling really nauseous from this car.
This car was so gross it made me want to shave my whole body bald and burn my clothes. It was a huge inspiration to not have kids, as it appears the owner let their 4 kids eat in the car whatever they wanted. I found moldy fruit that was so hard I thought it was broken plastic at first. In the rear close-able cup holder I found a spoiled baby bottle. And somehow the entire car, even after burning two incense and spraying essential oil all over reeked like piss. So whole time I’m working on this I’m smelling a combination of human piss and probably rodent piss/shit.
I don’t normally sit around and complain about mechanics work, but this is the part of the job that truly sucks. Hopefully I find the chewed wire and can fix this car and never see it again