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Trunk release not working - cannot unlock trunk with key

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    The trunk will not open with the key nor the switch lever..

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It could probably use some penetrating lubricant once opened; don't use WD-40 as its properties are great for penetrating but not for long. There are a number of products, most available at auto parts stores or the chain hardware stores that have more durable lubricating properties.
Now, place one hand firmly on the trunk and 'bounce' the trunk lid while you try turning the key. It may take a few minutes until you hit it just right but I have never failed to open a stubborn trunk or hatch this way.
If it still doesn't open, you may have been lightly hit in the rear of the car (in a parking lot for example) that has minutely distorted the sheet metal where the stationary latch is mounted. In this case, you may have to hammer (with the side of your fist) the area below the lip of the trunk while trying to turn the key.

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