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HI both my rear windows and more importantly my trunk release button does not work, all of a sudden. Which Relay or fuse should I be looking at guys? thanks- poor girl in Miami

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  • ajoysheene3 Nov 15, 2009

    2003 saturn ion (sorry) see poor and not quite with it

  • ajoysheene3 Nov 15, 2009

    finga22 anymore help for me???

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Hello poor girl in miami. lol... let me know what year saturn you have and i will let you know what to check out.

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How do i get into the trunk on my 2003 grandam with no key and my trunk button on my door doesnt work


Voltage is applied at all times through the TRUNK REL/RFA fuse to the rear compartment lid release switch and the switch side of the rear compartment lid release relay. When the release switch is pressed, the following actions occur:
• The switch closes.
• Voltage is applied to the coil side of the rear compartment lid release relay.
When the transaxle is in PARK or NEUTRAL, the rear compartment lid release relay is grounded through the transaxle range switch. With the coil side of the relay energized, the relay contacts close, applying voltage to the rear compartment lid release motor.
If the vehicle is equipped with remote entry, the switch operation is the same, except when the contacts in the rear compartment lid release relay close, voltage is applied through the normally closed contacts of the remote control door lock receiver. This action occurs in order to apply voltage to the rear compartment lid release motor.

Can you check fuse's , relay ? Both are located in the left insturment panel fuse box . Fuse Block - Left I/P
On the left side of the I/P
you need to open the drivers door to get to it ,on very end of the insturment panel .
Do you know anything about relay's , how they work ? If you pull the relay out of the fuse box an look on the bottom you will see four set's of numbers . 30 & 87 . if you took a piece of wire an jumped were this pins plug into the fuse box the trunk would open . provided there is B+ voltage at pin 30 .
There are videos on youtube showing how to test relays and their circuits .

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The rear compartment lid release system consists of the following components:
• Body control module (BCM)
• Folding top cover actuator
• GMLAN serial data link
• Keyless entry transmitter
• Rear compartment lid ajar switch
• Rear compartment lid release actuator
• Rear compartment lid release switch
• Remote control door lock receiver (RCDLR)
• Trunk fuses
• Trunk release relay

Rear Compartment Lid Release System Operation
The rear compartment lid can be released by operating the rear compartment lid release switch or pressing the rear compartment lid release button on the keyless entry transmitter. When the rear compartment lid release switch is operated, the rear compartment lid release switch signal circuit to the body control module (BCM) is switched to ground. The BCM receives the rear compartment lid release switch input and applies ground to the trunk release relay control circuit. This energizes the trunk release relay coil, closing the switch side contacts, allowing battery voltage to be applied to the rear compartment lid release actuator and folding top cover actuator, releasing the buttresses and opening the rear compartment lid. Ground for the rear compartment lid release switch is provided at G300. The rear compartment lid ajar switch, rear compartment lid release actuator, and folding top cover actuator are provided ground at G301. The rear compartment lid will not release until the vehicle speed is zero and in park.

Do you know what DTC'S - diagnostic trouble codes are ?
DTC B3265 01 : Trunk Relay Output Short to Battery
DTC B3265 06 : Trunk Relay Output Short to Ground or Open

Do you know what a relay is an how it works ? TRUNK release relay located in the underhood fuse / relay box.
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Hi Jeff,
I was going to say, check fuse/ jump the load side of relay Good post.
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This is very complex if your not familiar with how Class 2 serial data communications work . When you press that trunk lid release button it sends a low voltage signal to the BCM - body control module. Here is how the factory service info. says how it works .
When the vehicle is in park and the trunk release switch is pressed it grounds the rear compartment lid release switch input in the Body Control Module (BCM). The BCM then sends a Class 2 message to the Remote Function Actuator (RFA). The RFA supplies an internal ground for the coil side of the rear compartment lid release relay activating the relay. The rear compartment lid release actuator receives battery voltage through the 15 A trunk release fuse when the relay closes. Ground is supplied by G400.
Your best bet is to take your vehicle to a dealer or some other qualified repair shop that has a factory scan tool or a professional grade type .
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Hi Annette, Im AL the owner of Big As Auto Repair.

Annette, if you are already able to get inside the trunk, remove the lever that goes to the lock actuator because the actuator may be locked up. Then see if it will open. NOTE: If the lock solenoid is mounted to the latch this will not work. If that doesn't help, then see if you can remove the bolts that hold the latch to the trunk and open the trunk that way so you can see better what the problem could be. Keep me posted at my auto-repair-website here: http://www.bigasautorepair.com/

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I have a 2004 chevy Malibu would anyone happen to know Is there a way i can get Into my trunk from the inside of my car, my key stop working to the trunk and so did the trunk release button, all of my...


There is a relay in the rear fuse block for the trunk release. marked trunk relay #36. It is marked on the under side of the lid. If you knew how they worked you could open it by jumping pin 30 to pin 87 in fuse box. on the side of the relay is a diagram of what pins are what . This system uses an electronic control module called ( the BCM ) body control module .When you push the inside release button , that sends a signal to the BCM ,then the BCM activates the relay opening the trunk . Well that won't help ,you won't believe where the fuse box is ! Fuse Block - Rear
In the rear compartment, behind the left wheel well. You could jump the wire at the BCM that goes to the relay. Can't you pull down one of the rear seats to gain access ?

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What might be wrong with the trunk release on this 2007 Cadillac DTS? (It's not the valet switch)


Which fuse were you checking? There are two fuses in the trunk release circuit - one underhood (ALDL) which feeds the trunk/fuel door release circuits via the valet switch and also the ALDL circuit; and one under the back seat (BODY fuse) for the trunk release.

Unfortunately, relay control signals for these releases run through the IPM (Instrument Panel Integration Module) which handles the release buttons on the dash, and the RIM (Rear Integration Module), which receives these signals from the IPM and handles them and the trunk release button on the keyless remote.

If the fuel door release is working at the dash and the trunk release is not, the ALDL fuse should be OK and the problem may still be with the BODY fuse, trunk release relay or wiring. If that isn't the problem, then I suggest you check for IPM and RIM DTC's (error codes).

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My trunk won't open, I have tried my trunk button and the key won't work, it worked fine a few hours, but even when i try to do it manually it won't open. Also I would look in and try the...


There are 3 phases to fixing your car's trunk lid release problem.

Phase 1: First check the fuse - once you know that's OK, then proceed to phase 2 (below).
The fuse for the trunk lock is
the bcm (pwr) 15A fuse in the instrument panel fuse box (behind panel at drivers right foot)

Check that fuse, as it is the power supply for the button on the dash that sends power to the actuator in the trunk.

Phase 2: Get the trunk open (without taking it to the dealership).
If you have remote keyless entry to the trunk, you could try that - but with the actuator
dead/dying, it shouldn't work.

Here are a couple of ideas to try to enter trunk while (a) actuator isn't working, and (b) all
valet lockout features (designed to deny valets access to the trunk) are in the "Lock" position:

There is the lock cylinder, which you stated is not functioning - put the key in, and it doesn't
turn. Just to be sure, consider: lubricate key with Graphite lock-type lubricant, and retry.

The trunk has 2 valet safetys...the locking rear seats which require access to the trunk to unlock, and then there is a valet switch in the trunk that locks the button on the dash from working to keep valet parking attendants out of the trunk. That may be in the lock position.

You can try accessing the center area of the fold down rear seat and see if you can unhinge the rear seat from there. Maybe reach in with your hand, or an extension-type tool.

there may be a way to fold the hinge away from the seat back so it can be removed from the hinge and give you access to the safety latch in the trunk and open it that way (white handle in trunk).
The white-handled safety latch release is desiged to prevent accidentally trapping children, and
if you can pull it with your extending-type or grasping-type tool, the trunk will open whether or
not the actuator motor is working.

Phase 3: Replace the Problem part.

Your failed part may be either (1) Trunk Release Relay, or (2) Trunk Lock Release Switch

My Satrun ION manual doesn't cover either of these parts, and the online parts houses, e.g.
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/x,carcode,1431624,pgname,Electrical-Switch%2B%2526%252338%253B%2BRelay,a,search.yahoo.com%2BSearch%2Bfor%2B2004%2BSATURN
fail to provide instructions. One of those times a mechanic has to t=rely on his/her native
handiness and/or experience.
To identify which of these parts is bad, locae the Trunk Release Relay (call your dealer parts
dept. for helpful tips on finding it), then operate the dashboard trunk release button with your
ear close tothe relay - if it makes a noise, the problem is the Trunk Lock Release Switch in
the trunk lid, otherwise its the relay.

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open the glove box and push the valet button, then try the trunk release,,,good luck....

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