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Re: 03 Lincoln Towncar trunk malfunction
Sounds like the lift drive assembly is screwed up if it falls shut when trying to open it. Haven't worked on these so they may have a safety feature that drops the trunk if it hits something. Is some blocking the hinges travel as it opens?
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Lower the back seat and crawl into the trunk and see what the latch is doing when you activate the key fob. the trunk lid will have to be open to enable any repairs. Also an emergency release cable is probably visible (yellow handle) inside the trunk and will Open the trunk lid.
does the key turn the trunk lock?if not theres one issue right there.the other may be that the valet lever on trunk latch assy. may have inadvertantly been engaged if deck lid was slammed closed.the release solenoid will make noise when activated by fob or lever in car but because of valet being engaged cannot release latch.does key unlock glovebox?if not this may also be a valet key cut.contact nissan dealer to cut regular key.ive seen the slamming the deck lid scenario a million times as the valet lever takes hardly any effort to engage.good luck and let me know how you make out.
There is a possibility that there is an object in between, creating pressure from inside so the latch is stuck engaging the striker. (these objects may be the carpet, wires, the body seal, etc)
First: Push down the trunk while you unlock it.(while you doing this you may listen a mechanical click that means that latch release the striker.)
Second: At the same moment you listen the opening noise, release the push down pressure and pull up the trunk open.( perform this until you achieve the right timing the latch job is to comeback and engage the striker so do it several times).
Another scenario if you have an electronic actuator.
First make sure you that when you press the remote or switch for the trunk there is a little click, if there is a click use the technique above push trunk lid and at the same moment that clicks pull up the lid releasing the pressure down.
And the last option almost all the vehicles had the option to access the trunk from the back seat, and almost all vehicles have a release handle to bypass mechanical latch or electronic actuator.
Two possibilities:1) The latch part (the one installed in the chassis, not on the lid) has adjusting screws, these might have become loose, pushed down, and the lid part cant reach it when you close it. 2) The remote cable lid opener might be stuck on the open position, not allowing the lid to lock. Check the remote tab by the driver´s side for freedom of movement, and proper return to rest position.
In my '04 corolla I can unlatch the left passenger seat back by reaching behind the left seat back and sticking my finger up into the second of 3 quarter sized holes. my arm is about 15" stuck in and reaching up into the trunk about 6" back. Feel around for the holes. You can pull the latch at that point, but...you have to be flexible.
My 05 Corolla trunk would not open. I used a broom handle shoved between the rear seats to activate the emergency release handle on the back of the trunk lid. It took about 2 minutes. When I tapped it just right the lid popped open. This was better the damaging the rear seat by bending it to reach the seat releass mechanism. It turned out that the cable came off in the asembly probably from slamming the lid shut. Once the cable was returned to its location I used needle nose pliers to sqeeze the metal tighter around the cable.
One or both support struts may be defective. Disconnect them both from the trunk lid and lay the ends down into the trunk. You will need to support the trunk lid while doing this and the lid will be quite heavier. Now close the lid to latch. Did it latch first attempt? Check for the dash message. If all appears well, replace both struts.
There is a black flat switch handle immediately to the right side of the latch. Press that switch handle and the latch will make a noise and rise slightly. Then when you shut the deck, the switch activates and recesses, pulling the deck lid down to the fully closed position.