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Old 01-11-2011, 06:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Trunk Will Open with Remote Key Only

My car's trunk will not open with the lever inside the car. However, it will open with the remote button on the key.

I have checked inside the trunk, but could not find any lock/unlock "thingy"

How do I make trunk to be opened from both: inside and outside?
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I might be wrong, but i'm pretty sure the lever inside the car is all cable... So probably the cable unhooked itself from the latch in the back..

Anyone else can comment??? I'm pretty sure this is how it works.. I remember seeing a news clip for the christmas shoppers. How to unhook the cable so people can break into the car and pop the trunk... Let me know if you figure it out cause now i wanna unhook my lever from the inside since I dont like the fact you can access the car from both inside and the trunk.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I might be wrong, but i'm pretty sure the lever inside the car is all cable... So probably the cable unhooked itself from the latch in the back..

Anyone else can comment??? I'm pretty sure this is how it works.. I remember seeing a news clip for the christmas shoppers. How to unhook the cable so people can break into the car and pop the trunk... Let me know if you figure it out cause now i wanna unhook my lever from the inside since I dont like the fact you can access the car from both inside and the trunk.
Thanks! I have looked inside the trunk, but have not seen any loose cables. Where exactly I should be looking at?
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have had this problem and they had to replace the trunk release cable...they didnt know that it can be ordered with the lock/key hole and without...they had to rekey the lock

and when I picked up my car these people were there also for the same problem
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I have had this problem and they had to replace the trunk release cable...they didnt know that it can be ordered with the lock/key hole and without...they had to rekey the lock

and when I picked up my car these people were there also for the same problem
I had to reprogram the key twice, after first time I could open the trunk, but after the second time I did not realize I have to check the trunk opening
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I had to reprogram the key twice, after first time I could open the trunk, but after the second time I did not realize I have to check the trunk opening
wait I just realized.....is the trunk in the lock position? if the keyhole is horizontal...meaning you have to insert the key with the pointy ends jagged ends going left and right? it should be in the vertical position so that the lever can be used.

like when you give a valet the valet key...with the master you lock the trunk and the valet key cannot unlock the trunk by turning the key and the lever has been disengaged
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I don't have the car with me right now, I will check once get home
Yeah, that might be that simple ))
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wait I just realized.....is the trunk in the lock position? if the keyhole is horizontal...meaning you have to insert the key with the pointy ends jagged ends going left and right? it should be in the vertical position so that the lever can be used.

like when you give a valet the valet key...with the master you lock the trunk and the valet key cannot unlock the trunk by turning the key and the lever has been disengaged
this. Unlock your truck with one of the two master keys, if this is not the case then you have a problem..check with the dealer
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I'd say check the position of your keyhole as suggested above. It can disable the pull switch from the cabin, and can only be opened by remote.

If I'm not mistaken, only both your remote keys can turn it, not your valet key.
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keyhole position is my first guess.
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keyhole position is my first guess.
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I've seen this happen with many cars over the years.
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:52 PM   #12 (permalink)
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are you talking about the lever by the floor on the driver seat or the trunk T lever? the cable for the front seat is attached on the keyhole mechanism arm that pulls to the left when you trigger the release, you can only see it if you remove the black corrugated panel on the trunk lid, the key hole then has a small rod arm attached to the actual locking/release mechanism. the t handle trunk inside release is a direct attachment to the locking/release mechanism. so depending on your issue it can be either the cable to the keyhole or the arm rod to the actual mechanism. if you used the actual key can you open the trunk with it?
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:38 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Yes I had this problem and they are suppose to be replacing mines with new cables. hope it wont happen again
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Old 01-12-2011, 04:56 AM   #14 (permalink)
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They had to replace my cable as well. I could tell once I tried to use the lever, there was no resistance at all when pulling.
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I had the same problem: '09 Toyota Corolla S- Trunk will only open with the key faab, both the lever by the driver seat and the external key hole did not function.

I just fixed this problem like 10 min ago thanks to the info posted by ploud.
I took off the panel in the trunk lid which exposed a lot of black insulated tape stuff. The "small rod arm attached to the actual locking/release mechanism" ploud was referring to was being held firmly in place by the black tape stuff, the arm could not operate because it could not move due to the tape stuff . I removed the tape around the moving parts and now EVERYTHING (key, remote and lever) all work perfectly. This was a 5 min, zero cost repair.

Maybe this could be what caused your failure. Hope it helps.
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