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1996 toyota corolla car trunk won't open with key or lever. I turned it to the left first, then turned it to the right and it open. After that, It won't open anymore, and the lever inside doesn't pop either. Help!

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  • keonne213 Jul 18, 2009

    Okay, so I read the manual and I called Toyota customer service, and it appears that this was a security measure built in for the Corolla. When the key is turned counterclockwise, it triggrs what they call a "valet" luggage security system. The trunk lock remains in a horizontal position and the trunk release by the driver's side is deactivated (hence no "pop") so that no unwanted person can get to the items in you trunk. In order to reactivate the trunk release and open the trunk, the "master" must be used and turned clockwise (to the right) in the trunk door. The beginning of the owners manual shows a picture of what the master key looks like. (It was on page 7 in my manual).

    Hope this helps someone, or at least save a trip to the locksmith :-).

  • salviaham
    salviaham Nov 01, 2012

    Very Helpful !!! Thanks !!!



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You have a very common problem. There is a lot of dirt and corrosion in your keyway on the trunk lock. The best help I can offer you is to lube it VERY liberally with WD-40, and slide the key in and out whilst spraying and wiping off the dirt. This may help you out.

Posted on Jul 18, 2009

  • Toyota Ed Jul 19, 2009

    Sorry, I was under the impression thatthe lock stoped working. A change of the one thumb would be appreciated.

  • Karen Tillberg Dec 28, 2011

    I have my '92 Toyota corolla for about 10 years and only have one key. Today, the lock got turned to the left and now it seems to be in the security set-up, where, the inside release won't work, but the key won't turn either. Since I never had another key (and this never happened) how can I open the trunk?



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SOURCE: 1996 toyota corolla car trunk won't open with key

Spray silicon lubricant into the keyhole.

Replace the lock cylinder.

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I have a corolla 2003 and I had the same problem. I turned the key to the left and the lock turned left, engaging the valet parking mechanism. I could not turn the key to the right and could not get access to the trunk because the lever next to the driver seat was disengaged.
The way I solved this problem is as follow:on the back driver seat I pulled the back seat forward to leave an opening and snick my arm in the trunck. Then I grabbed the cable used to latch the seat and I pulled forward, i.e. toward the front of the car. The cable is connectred to the trunck so that it can be disconnected easily if pulled towards the front. If you pull towards the back it will remain attached to the trunck. So grab the cable an pull towards the front, and it will release itself. Since the cable is flexible, you can pull it out of the trunk from the same the opening you put your arm, and then disenagage the driver back seat. Fold forward the back seat and get into the trunk and use the lever in the latch of the trunck to open it. The turnk will open.

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