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1997 Toyota Corolla Trunk Release not working...

Wire must have broken...key doesnt work anymore...where does the wire route thru so I can somehow try to get the trunck open...Thanks

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  • TucsonAZ Nov 21, 2008

    My car is a 1994 Toyota Corolla, 4-Door Coupe, can not get trunk lid open. I have checked the release inside the car. It is functional. Assuming the cable has slipped, or broken, inside the trunk. How do I get the trunk open?

  • panazachar Mar 12, 2009

    i have a 1997 corolla trunk will not open with key(lock never worked from time i bought it used. i always used lever inside car to pop trunk). anyways, lever broke and now i cannot open trunk. dealer asking for crazy money to repair! in meantime, i bought brand new trunk lock cylinder and hope to open trunk and install it so i can open trunk with new keys. not worried about fixing inside trunk release since i will be able to open trunk from outside with key. can i drill the lock out? i tried using needle nose to lift the lever but no luck. wife complaining help!

  • mcolombani
    mcolombani Apr 23, 2010

    Having same problem with Toyota Corolla sedan 1996 Boot cable release wont open boot and key barrel is jammed . Aslo fuel filler release cable not working and a new cable from Toyota is $76

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    When opening the trunk using the key button it opens but not completely.

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The trunk release cable runs along the inside edge of the car, under the carpet, on the driver side. It then snakes up over the metal under the rear seat, and then into the trunk, running along the trunk hinge/arm, driver's side. You will need to remove the rear seat bottonm and the seat back, and pull the carpet back on the driver's side to see the cable... More below:
-------> Before you do all of that, unbolt the latch handle and see if the plastic tab on the latch that holds the cable is broken; the cable release wires rarely fail, I replace handle assemblies regularly, never a cable. Maybe you just need a handle assby. Feel free to comment back if you need more assistance; Thanks for choosing FixYa.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

  • Trishdadish Aug 16, 2011

    Need help replacing the handle thing to pop the trunk from within the car

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