Stiff boot/trunk handle in Nissan Almera MK2 2005

I have recently bought a 2005 Nissan Almera and the boot/trunk handle is very stiff and the handle does spring back when opened.

If you open the boot/trunk and then close it the handle stays open. To close the boot/trunk securely you have to push the handle back in.

I have soaked the handle in WD40, hoping that would free the spring up a bit - but it doesn't seem to have much effect.

Does the spring need to be replaced or more or can this be resolved with lubricant?

Apologies if i'm in the wrong forum here - I couldn't see a specific sub-forum for the Almera.

From Nissan, mine was about 20 bit that was a fee years ago.

Remove the plastic cover on the inside of the bootlid, then its a couple of bolts and a cable to disconnect. Less than an hour all in.
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