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Old 01-16-2010, 04:02 PM   #1
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Trunk Release Button on Dash doesn't work

When I bought the car the trunk release button on the dash board didn't work. I thought I would throw this out there to see if anybody else has had this problem and knows the solution.

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Old 01-16-2010, 04:29 PM   #2
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just change it its easy to do
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Replace with a new one from Ford. Sadly, this switch isn't made to be serviced or repaired.
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take off your cowling surrounding your steering wheel there is a small clip on either side of the steering wheel cowling. (this needs to be removed to be able to remove the clock surround)

then undo the three screws at the top of the black surround covering your dash clocks.

the switch will come out with this, just unplug the switch and run a piece of wire across the terminals in the wired connector to the switch, the boot lid should release, if the switch is faulty go to your local breakers (buy a new switch and fit it) it should be relatively cheap.
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take off your cowling surrounding your steering wheel there is a small clip on either side of the steering wheel cowling. (this needs to be removed to be able to remove the clock surround)

then undo the three screws at the top of the black surround covering your dash clocks.

the switch will come out with this, just unplug the switch and run a piece of wire across the terminals in the wired connector to the switch, the boot lid should release, if the switch is faulty go to your local breakers (buy a new switch and fit it) it should be relatively cheap.
Thanks. I'll have to check it out when I have free time.
 
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Are you manually unlocking your car before you hit the release??
My '03 wagon will NOT pop the hatch until I unlock the car doors....weird, I know.
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Are you manually unlocking your car before you hit the release??
My '03 wagon will NOT pop the hatch until I unlock the car doors....weird, I know.
As they say in the computer biz, "that's not a bug, that's a feature", presumably for safety. The switch also won't work if you are traveling over 4 mph, says the owner's manual, in case you're tempted to open it on the move.
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actually I don't know. Never really paid attention, but I think I can pop the trunk with my key fob when the car's locked.
 
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If your remote still works then it's your dash release switch at fault.
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Mine wouldn't work unless-
1) key was OFF
2) Driver's door was open
3) car was not moving.
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