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Hi, I have a 2010 Camry basic model (I don't even have a button to open the trunk on the keys - I have to insert the key or use the release mechanism by the driver's seat.) This morning I found the trunk wouldn't open by either method. I can use the key to lock out the trunk (turning counter-clockwise) and return to normal mode but I can't turn more than a quarter turn clockwise.

Using the release by the driver's side seems to work (I can feel a give and hear the mechanism) but the trunk still won't open. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

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Hi, I have a 2010 Camry basic model (I don't even have a button to open the trunk on the keys - I have to insert the key or use the release mechanism by the driver's seat.) This morning I found the trunk wouldn't open by either method. I can use the key to lock out the trunk (turning counter-clockwise) and return to normal mode but I can't turn more than a quarter turn clockwise.

Using the release by the driver's side seems to work (I can feel a give and hear the mechanism) but the trunk still won't open. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

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are you useing the valette key?
 

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No - thanks though - I thought of that. A) My key locks the glove box so I'm sure it's the master key and B) the release by the driver's seat doesn't open it either.
 

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Assuming you are not using the valet key, and you can turn the lock 90 degrees ccw and 90 degrees cw, then is it possible that you tossed something in the trunk that jammed up the mechanism? Towel or something? Turning the key cw, push down on the top of the trunk and see if you can loosen it, and then if you can get something to give, push up.
 

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do you have that netting in the trunk to hols small items.......?? if so, maybe you or someone else took something out of the trunk, and it got caught on this netting, and now its jammed in the release. what i could suggest is that you use a thin piece of wood, maybe no more than say 1/2 in in thickness and lay it down on the bumper, and cover a screw driver, or use yet another piece of wood as a pry bar, and GENTLY pry up on the trunk lid as you use the key to open the trunk. if you go to the dealer i'll bet you they do the same thing, and they WILL NOT accept responsibility if they scratch anything...........
 

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Does the back seat fold down?
i was thinking the same thing, but i think the release levers are inside the trunk.........

he could though, open the trunk, release the back seat, close the trunk and try this again however.........!!!!!!!
 

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question: my car key dont open the trunk neither lock the glove box, how is this possible? it came with 3 keys from carmax which they're all the same
 

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they only thing i can tell you is on my 2007 avalon ( w/ the smart key) there is a small button located on the far left side when you open the glove box and there is a similar button on the camry, when that button is activated, the trunk wont open, so maybe you bumped that switch by accident, check that and let me know if it works :thumbsup:
 

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i was too poor to add the extra feature of a smart key...if yours is an LE model, climb into the trunk, turn the release bar inside the trunk and push up.
 

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:headbang:That's the point of this, bud. The seat release is in the trunk. The OP has a Catch 22. It might be possible to remove the rear seat cushion, find and remove the bolts that hinge the rear seat back, and drop it out that way. A long way to go to unlock the trunk.
 

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my camry doesnt have the smart key system but it still has that button
 

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Yeah don't pry your trunk get some sockets remove your back seat and pull the safety release and see what happens but if you don't have the time for that just drive to the dealer it is a 2010
 

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How many miles do you have on it? if less than 36k, take it to the dealer and let them fix it under warranty.

If more than 36k it sounds like either the spring, or cable, or clip that operates both the lever and the key is somehow being impeded or damaged. I don't know how that could of happened, only you can know that, but in the event that isn't the case, someone has posted that something may be caught. The only way you are going to find this out is to open the trunk. When you do, I'd suggest putting the seat down and then start to look for the problem, if it is already appearant.

I wish this was more helpful, but with the information at hand, the only way to find out what is going on there is to get the trunk open.

I asked a tech howt they would get in and their response was that in order to do that, you’ll have to remove the bottom seat cushion and undo the bolts for the seat back and remove them.

I wish there was a better way, but unfortunately, there isn’t

Good Luck,
Gary
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Hi, I have a 2010 Camry basic model (I don't even have a button to open the trunk on the keys - I have to insert the key or use the release mechanism by the driver's seat.) This morning I found the trunk wouldn't open by either method. I can use the key to lock out the trunk (turning counter-clockwise) and return to normal mode but I can't turn more than a quarter turn clockwise.

Using the release by the driver's side seems to work (I can feel a give and hear the mechanism) but the trunk still won't open. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

[email protected]
 

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Hi, I have a 2010 Camry basic model (I don't even have a button to open the trunk on the keys - I have to insert the key or use the release mechanism by the driver's seat.) This morning I found the trunk wouldn't open by either method. I can use the key to lock out the trunk (turning counter-clockwise) and return to normal mode but I can't turn more than a quarter turn clockwise.

Using the release by the driver's side seems to work (I can feel a give and hear the mechanism) but the trunk still won't open. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

[email protected]
The plastic clip that covered the cable's tip is broken and jammed the locking mechanism that release the hook (looks like a crab's claw). The black plastic that cover the whole mechanism with the tip of the cable and plastic clip. The plastic cover created a perfect pocket for the broken plastic clip that jammed the mechanism from releasing the other half to pop open. Don't damage your vehicle further and don't waste money with dealer or shop. I am new to this forum and still learning how to post with photos to help you guys locate the culprit. Any of you need help with this matter before I could modify this post, send me email and I will answer with photos. Send email with title "OPEN TRUNK" to [email protected].
Good luck!
 

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Sit on top of the trunk and try to open it lol (it worked for me one time when I closed my trunk on one of my microfiber towels when I was cleaning my car. :D
 

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I had this happen to me recently. Trunk would not open with key but would open with factory keyfob button and lever on side of driver seat. My Viper keyfob wouldn't pop the trunk.Dealership bent my key a little when they tried forcing the key to turn (they fixed it by bending it back..a-holes). I asked how they fixed it in case the problem arises again and the guy said that he used a spray similar to WD-40 (maybe Toyota service dept uses some other name brand) and sprayed it into the keyhole.
 

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Sit on top of the trunk and try to open it lol (it worked for me one time when I closed my trunk on one of my microfiber towels when I was cleaning my car. :D
Sit on top of the trunk and try to open it lol (it worked for me one time when I closed my trunk on one of my microfiber towels when I was cleaning my car. :D
Reading this 8 years later, but it actually worked. We had taken the lock off for repair when the trunk accidentally closed and would not re-open. The trunk release lever next to the driver's seat stopped working as well. After trying many things, we finally followed your advice and sat on the trunk. This apparently applied enough pressure to re-engage the release lever cables so that when we pulled on the trunk release lever again, it finally opened. Couldn't believe it, but so grateful that it worked!!! (Just a note.....our vehicle is a 2007 Toyota Corolla)
 
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