Question about 2006 Toyota Camry
My 2006 camry trunk latch is not working. The key opening is stuck in the horizontal position and the key will not turn in the lock. The lever next to the front seat that would normally pop open the trunk is not responding. I crawled inside the trunk from the back seat, and was able to open the trunk with the yellow safety lever. I called the dealer and was told it was about a $150 - $250 fix. Does anyone have any better solutions or ideas? Money is tight. Thanks.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Sparay lock assy with lubricant, and look where release cable attaches to lock assy, and push/pry it one way or the other to get it to move, opposite of where it is. Lube cable too.
Posted on Jan 09, 2009
I posted this for a manual door - not sure for automatic door.
If you still have the broken piece, you can try to use that to try to open the back. Otherwise, you have to open it from the inside.
I changes mine in 2007 so if memory serves me, I had to remove the back panel and pull on the cable to open the door.
Now to see and pull on the cable, and replace the latch, you have to take off the inside liner/panel to get to the latch to replace it. This took about 2 careful hours to replace.
The trick is to get the two side pieces off.
These two plastic pieces are next to the window on the left and right sides. Each piece is about 3 inches wide and 18 inches long. Using a strong grip, or a pry bar or large screwdriver, take off both pieces. There are three clip areas that holds each piece in.
If you are using a tool, be careful to protect the area by wrapping a towel on the screwdriver/tool.
After that the bottom liner piece pulls away and you can see the latch.
There are two screws/bolts that holds the latch.
The two pieces snaps back in pretty easily.
You probably broke the plastic piece shaped like a J.
You can try to glue the pieces back, but note that the piece broke due to age. I changed the whole assembly - good for another 7 yrs. I could not find just the plastic piece
Posted on Aug 31, 2009
Either the boot release cable is broken or its been stretched. It is easily fixable if you know what you are doing, if not your local mechanic should be able to assist. I do not believe it would be very expensive unless you need to replace the cable all together
Posted on Sep 19, 2009
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I have the same problem. I've found that if you push down on the trunk lid very firmly eventually the latch settles in and will open with the pull lever next to the drivers seat. I usually pull up and push down to mimic the closing motion in a firm manner and after a few tries this allows me to open it up. Consequently, I've begun to close the trunk lid with some force, slam it if you will, and this seems to prevent this from happening. I've lubed the latch with no success either. Just a Band Aid solution, not an actual fix.
Posted on Dec 31, 2009
So the problem is the cylinder for the key will not turn and disengage the lock nor does the driver side release lever.
I recommend bringing the vehicle to a repair shop. This repair procedure is tricky and whom ever gets the job has to remove the rear seats to get into the trunk to get the trunk open.
Posted on May 03, 2010
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