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98 Ford Taurus ignition key starts car but won't manually open trunk

...However, the electric push-button opens it dependably.

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  • MrHudnall
    MrHudnall Apr 22, 2014

    if you open the trunk you should see on the bottom side of the trunk lid the latch on the back side of the lach you'll see a black plasitc circle with a slot just big enough for a screw driver. insert screw driver and turn. it will only go so far, and it should fix it.

  • Eric Randall
    Eric Randall Apr 23, 2014

    Thanks, I'll try that today!


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I'm guessing you bought the car used this happened to me and it was because the trunk had been replaced from a wreck and thus ended up being keyed different A locksmith can make you a new key otherwise its a pain Cuz if the battery goes dead you can't open it

Posted on Apr 23, 2014

Testimonial: "Thanks for your help. The owner (my father) said he bought the 'fleet car' used. However, he also added that his ignition key has worked to manually open the trunk for years with no problem until now. I guess this is new added info which makes your potential fix N/A for now. I'm going to try WD-40 today in case it's a weather issue (it's not in a garage)."

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    Julie Duff-Ireland Apr 23, 2014

    I'm guessing you bought the car used this happened to me and it was because the trunk had been replaced from a wreck and thus ended up being keyed different A locksmith can make you a new key otherwise its a pain Cuz if the battery goes dead you can't open it


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SOURCE: trunk does not open using dash button or button on

Check your fuse box, look on the diagram and locate the fuse (10 amp most likely) for the auto trunk. The clicking is the relay, it also operates the keylees entry for the doors.

Good luck

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yu are going to have to remove the rear seat and try to get in that way

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SOURCE: I have a 2008 Ford

Most times there is a button near the fuel door button. If there's not one check in the glove box foor a button.

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you will probley have to take the plastic off from inside of the vechile and try and get the rope out thataway

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SOURCE: trunk

Had a question about this yestrerday, they had a blanket caught in the hatch.
If you can not get the latch to release from the outside, you may have to take the panel off on the inside and try to unbolt the latch.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012

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