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Need Help, Trunk Won't Open!

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Same thing happened to me, with the trunk getting stuck.

 

The mechanism is very dinky, typical TOY-ota stuff.

 

Plus, the replacement key I got from the dealer (when I lost my original key) is a chintzy knock-off that twists so easily.

 

I never use the valet lock because I'm too worried the cheap key will fail, and I won't be able to open it again.

 

I would try some WD-40. It worked for me a couple of times.

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trap

Good news then! Sorry for your inconvenience, but glad to hear of the outcome.

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yeah, they said if it wasn't broken and i'd somehow just jammed it, they would have charged me $90 for labor!

 

i'm relieved! hopefully when i go back tomorrow it will actually be fixed!

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My uncle's got a 96(I think) corolla n I dunno how he did it but his trunk wont open too. The key hole is some how horizontal and it wont budge at all and the trunk release also wont work. You guys think its broken?

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Be sure he's not using the valet key.

 

I had trouble with getting mine out of lock mode. Having a new master key cut at the dealer from the key code tag numbers corrected it.

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if your corolla is 01 or later just fold the back seat down and pull the lever inside the trunk made for kids or kidnapped people .....................................

LOL!!!!!!

Sorry. It sounded funny.

:lol:

 

I know, its hilarious that toyota thinks a kidnapper wouldnt see the glow in the dark handles in there when trying to stuff someone in it. the idea was that kidnappers are unaware of such technology and would be suprised to find the trunk empty later on.

 

I think the main reason though was to keep little crum munchers from dying after crawling in there without their unattentive parents knowledge.

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another update... to make a long story short, they ordered me the wrong part but i didn't need a part at all! another technician looked at the car and discovered that the problem was simply a box in the trunk that had caught under the internal trunk latch (used to let yourself out if kidnapped...) which caused the whole thing to stick. it's fixed now (hopefully it won't happen again, i really stuffed the trunk) and i'm finally on my way!

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I know this thread is old but I ran into the exact same situation with my 2005 corolla LE and I thought I'd post my fix. I put the trunk lock in valet mode and then my key cylinder, which had always been hinky, became locked up and I couldn't get the trunk out of valet mode with my key.

 

I discovered the same issue that is talked about in this thread: that the best solution is to gain access through the rear bench seat and trigger the trunk release from inside. But the key release has been stupidly placed inside the trunk making seat removal difficult...but not impossible.

 

If you pull up seat cushions on the lower/outside corner of the rear seat back, then you will see a set of bolts that retain the seats. For example, if you're facing the rear driver side seat, grab the lower/right side of the cushion and pull up. It's not easy but you will see and be able to remove the bolts. The seat back is then pried open enough to gain access to the seat release. Manually release those locks and voila! The seat back will pull out! You can then access the trunk release from inside. Warning: considerable force was needed to pry open the seat back.

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I had a problem with the trunk key mechanism in my 2001 Corolla. So I removed it and had picked up another one that worked from the junk yard, and lucky for me it came with a key. I ruined both yellow plastic catch (s) that hold the connecting rod to the key mechanism. I had to figure out how to hold the connecting rod that goes from the key mechanism to the truck latch - to the key side. In the mean time the connecting rod simply rested loose in the truck while still connected to the truck latch. WRONG. Somehow this prevented the latch mechanism near the driver's left foot from opening the trunk. So now I'm without a way to get into the trunk.

 

This is how I gained access to the truck with both mechanisms not working.

 

Find the rear ledge where the stereo speakers sit - even I could do this. Remove the two upholstery push-in grommet things. Both mine broke off - no big deal. Remove the three plastic covers to the tie down things and use a socket to remove the bolts, then pull the bolts out. Remove the rear brake light (that sits on the shelf) by gently pulling it towards you. Mine came out easy. Unplug the wire for the brake light at the junction. The hard part is removing the shelf with the rear seats locked into position. I used a screw driver to pry the lip of the shelf over the back of the seats, then the shelf came out. Not easy, just gently bend it while pulling and it will come out. You DO NOT need to remove the speaker covers. Now remove the one bolt holding one of the speakers. I took the starboard (right) speaker out. Don't forget to unhook the wires to the speaker. The disadvantage to this speaker is it that it is the side of the smaller back seat opening. Now put your arm through the speaker hole and feel along the cable that attaches to the back seat release pull knob and push the end of it away from you. This will pop the back seat and you can now gain access to the trunk. I reached in with a long flashlight and tripped the emergency trunk release.

 

BTW - once I hooked up the connecting rod to the key mechanism with a push on keeper everything worked fine, including my floor release.

 

Thanks to everyone one posts here. You guys/gals have been a huge help. I hope this helps someone !!!!

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I had the same problem -- when I was trying to catch a plane and all my luggage was in the trunk.It was indeed the valet switch in the glove box. I don't know what to do then i call Locksmith boca raton FL.They solve my problem and I made my flight.

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Guest leilani sarmiento

my trunk won't open from the onside control my key doest work on my trunk anymore it's 1997 Toyota Corolla

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On 7/19/2018 at 10:04 AM, Guest leilani sarmiento said:

my trunk won't open from the onside control my key doest work on my trunk anymore it's 1997 Toyota Corolla

When you tried the lock from the outside of the trunk, do you feel the resistance of the lock?  Or does it just turn easily.  Same with the remote release inside the car (assuming this is the level type mechanical release) - any resistance or does it lift up very easily.

If there is no resistance - then that could mean the control cable that runs to the lock could have fell off or otherwise got detached.  If your car has fold down rear seats, try getting into the truck that way and pull the emergency release inside truck.  If no fold down seats, you may still get access by removed the rear seat cushion (I've down this with my 2002 Corolla S).

In any case - you have to get access to lock to see what is going on.  Sometimes you can get lucky and banging on the rear trunk can jiggle something into place - but from experience, you'll more likely dent the trunk in the process with little chance to rattle something into place.

 

Good Luck

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