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11-01-2006 01:18 AM
whitese
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Originally posted by 20ZTS00
I got a latch for $78 and its easy as pie to replace just two torx bits, and then line it up, but to get the lock cylinder out, you have to bust apart the old latch, the there is a little pin you push down and it comes right out, it really is quite simple to do
I have a some what similar problem, my trunk does not open with the remote or from the switch inside, but it does with the key. If I understood correctly this would mean that if I go to a junkyard and get the lack I would have to make a key just for the trunk? Or is there a why to get the cylinder out without damaging the new one that I would install?
07-10-2006 01:06 AM
20ZTS00 I got a latch for $78 and its easy as pie to replace just two torx bits, and then line it up, but to get the lock cylinder out, you have to bust apart the old latch, the there is a little pin you push down and it comes right out, it really is quite simple to do
07-01-2006 05:24 PM
JBeano I'm having a problem just like this... I was lucky the latch on one of my back seats lost it's spring and i was able to climb into the trunk and pop the latch with a screwdriver. However, it still is not working correctly and I think I have to replace the latch. Any idea what this will run me from a dealer/junker?
04-11-2006 10:25 AM
penguin "I guess I'll use my key from time to time."

A small shot of lock lube every year or so might not be a bad idea either.
04-11-2006 10:08 AM
Tbones00SE Wow, didn't know about that. I guess I'll use my key from time to time.
04-10-2006 08:43 PM
greglovesbeer Well.....after encountering the exact same problem and reading as many posts as I could about this I took my car to the locksmith this weekend. He fabricated a key so he wouldn't break mine trying to force it. No luck....even with all his fancy lubricants. I discussed all the different things I had read on the internet that people had to do to get in. My locksmith actually dealt with the same problem with a focus at the airport about six months ago. It was an emergency and the guy needed immediate access to his trunk so the locksmith actually had to cut the trunk to get in and the guy had to replace his trunk. So after telling him about everything I had read on the internet he got inside the car in the back seat and had a good look at things. He devised a way to get a bar in through a tiny hole at the top of the backseat where you would attach your baby seat and he was able to pull one of the seat releases. We were all pretty amazed when he did it. Once he did that he climbed in to the trunk and got the latch to release. He even managed to uncease the tumbler and now I'm good to go although I'm going to hit the wrecker next weekend for a new latch/tumbler as I am without power trunk. The tumbler/latch/power trunk motor is all one assembly and my power trunk motor is blown I guess. But I was pretty happy. It cost me 60 bucks instead of $200-$400 that I figured it would. By the way....the tumbler ceased up from never using the key.
02-19-2006 07:25 PM
Sting2324 Thats one dedicated Locksmith!

Good to hear that you got it fixed


---Randy
02-19-2006 07:03 PM
whycoyote Trunk update! I finally took it to my locksmith. He is always willing to take on a challenge. He is a small guy, so was able to force an arm between the back seat rests and pull the release. When I picked up the car his arm was very bruised and bloody.

Now I have to buy a new trunk latch. Some plastic part got caught in the latch and gummed it all up. It can't be fixed. A dealer quoted me $422 to replace it. Ha! I'll keep the bungie cord for a while.
10-11-2005 10:22 AM
SQFocusZTS how willing are you to cut/replace parts of the vehicle? Flip the ass part of the seat 'up' and look at where the black hinges of the 'back' part of the seat are secured to the body of the vehicle. there should be three large torx bolts. however, a black metal part is directly infront of them blocking a ratchet from even coming close. if you can cut those black things (cut off tool), and get a ratchet /torx bit in there, the bottom part will become free, only to be held in at the top by the latch mechanism. you might be able to fanagle your way to remove them.

Honestly, i didn't quite see what those black things do (from above)... but I will gladly take pictures of what i'm talking about. send me a PM and i'll post it here. My trunk also is apart, ie. no trim panels period. The only trim panel that is on is the one that is connected to the trunk lid. If there is a emergency release, it would be under there ...because its not anywhere else.

-john
SQF
10-10-2005 07:00 PM
whycoyote Thank you, thank you! I never thought to look at another car. I'll see if I can find one and then post on the success. You're great.

Stacey
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