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Old 03-25-2004, 10:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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my trunk is stuck shut....not sure why...real strange....it seems as thought its locked and wont unlock....(yes i tried with the key)....any ideas?
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Old 03-25-2004, 10:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do your seats fold down? If so crawl through. If not do you have a ski pass through? With the rear center armrest down is there a fabric panel velcroed at the top that when removed exposes a metal panel that can be knocked out which will let you access the trunk and try to open it from the inside. That's all the ideas I have right now.
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Do you track your car or drive it hard? It's actually quite common. I took my car to the track for a lapping day, after about 2-3 hours my trunk was stuck. A fellow instructor said that the chassis actually flexes so much sometimes, the latch on the trunk gets stuck.

If you have rear fold down seats you might try poking around the latch area and unhooking it. After you get it out. There are adjustments you can make to the latch.

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i dont track....but i'm constantly over 100....so maybe thats the problem.....its been like this for a few days now...i'll try to get in through the back seat....that velcro thing is there.....how would i go about getting the piece behind it out?
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i'll try to get in through the back seat....that velcro thing is there.....how would i go about getting the piece behind it out?
A big hammer and a cold chisel should do it. The panel is just tack welded in place.
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A big hammer and a cold chisel should do it.* The panel is just tack welded in place.
... Sounds sketchy...
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indeed...is there a way to take out with the option of putting it back in
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Not really, unless you have a welder. I'll try to think of a less invasive way to get into the trunk.
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pull real hard?

shove a small child though the skibag hole and feed him for the next several years and then have him do it when he is big enough....
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Sounds like the trunk deadbolted itself shut mroe then the chasis flexing. I mean how hard are you turning at 100+ mph??

I believe there is a synchronization combo that mgiht work if it is deadbolted. Something like go to driver/passenger door, unlock to emergency position turn back and back to emergency position and hold...try it? im out of reason.
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i just drove the car to the shop to see if they can fix it and as soon as he pressed the trunk button it opened up.....geez...dont u hate when stuff like that happens.....now watch next i try to open it will be stuck....what do u mean emergency position?
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