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Old 10-12-2001, 08:35 PM   #1
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Default Trunk wont pop open

Had the car for 3 months now
My first problem I have encountered.

The trunk wont pop open from the driver seat lever anymore.
I have to use the key now!
Happened today, don't know why.

Must get fixed under warranty.
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Old 10-12-2001, 08:43 PM   #2
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I had the same problem, but it was a rather simple thing to fix. On the trunk, next to the latch is a lever that enables/disables the trunk release from the inside. Not sure if this would be the case, but it'd be worth checking.

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Old 10-12-2001, 09:27 PM   #3
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Mine is the other way around. The key won't open the trunk so I tried that valet switch. Then I couldn't open it at all. So I had to reach the switch from the back seats.
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Old 10-12-2001, 10:59 PM   #4
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You do have a trunck release disable lever next to the latch in the trunk. Flip it the other way and try the trunk release again. It should work.
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Old 10-13-2001, 05:30 AM   #5
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ah... same problem when i got my car...
that little switch is actually at the "lock" of the trunk
trying flipping it there
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Old 10-15-2001, 02:16 AM   #6
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If it is not the lock out switch (lever attached to the trunk latch on the right side) Check to see if the bolts that secure the latch to the trunk lid are firmly screwed in. It there is play in the latch (wobbles side to side when you try to move it) then those bolts need to be tightened. Finger tightening it should do it temporarily. Socket wrench it tightly and you shouldent have a problem again.
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Old 06-06-2002, 11:58 AM   #7
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i have the same problem. its not the little lever in the trunk for sure. i already tried that. it opens when i use the key but not from the driverside. my dealer is over 40 miles away. i live in los angeles and the dealer is in irvine so i only take it to the dealer if i have absolutely have to. if ne1 can offer a heads up on this one, it would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-06-2002, 06:27 PM   #8
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First, read your owner's manual and make sure your problem isn't the "valet" lever on the trunk latch. The first pic below shows it. If it is down (as in the pic) it is in normal mode. If it is flipped up it is in valet (key only) mode.

My problem was that the part of the latch on the car (not on the trunk lid) was way too low, making the trunk hard to shut (you had to slam it pretty good). It also made it hard to open with the key or the lever by the driver's seat (both required way too much effort). Eventually the lever stopped working... I'm assuming the cable stretched.

Anyway, if you loosen the two bolts that hold the catch in place (second pic below) and move the latch/catch up slightly (we're talking millimeters here) and tighten it back down it should fix the problem.

I had to adjust mine on two different ocassions to get it right... since then it has worked perfectly.

Again, don't raise it much or you run the risk of 1) making your trunk deck loose and noisy and 2) causing a water leak because the trunk deck isn't fitting tightly against the seal.

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Oh, also, have someone pull the lever while you watch the lower part of the latch (in the 1st pic). Make sure the lever thingy moves to the left enough to push the valet "switch" when the trunk is shut... that's what actually pops the trunk. If it isn't moving you may have a broken cable.
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Old 06-07-2002, 02:37 PM   #9
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I had the same problem recently...trunks wont open with driver side lever...I got out the car and opened it with the car keys...closed the trunks....and got in the car and trunks opened with no problem with driver side lever...
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Old 12-14-2002, 07:22 PM   #10
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Originally posted by balajc
I had the same problem recently...trunks wont open with driver side lever...I got out the car and opened it with the car keys...closed the trunks....and got in the car and trunks opened with no problem with driver side lever...
Same here... however, I had to do it a few times before it worked again... I did fiddle with the parts in the trunk for a lil bit though. I gave up until I read this post by balajc and I tried it again. Trunk works again! Nothing was loose, so I dunno what it was. Not properly lubed???
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:21 PM   #11
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Thumbs up Holy old thread!

THANK YOU!!! I just figured this out thanks to good ole NASIOC.
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