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2004 TOYOTA COROLLA TRUNK

THE TRUCK LOCK IS STUCK ON MY TOYOTA COROLLA . I GUESS THERE IS SOMETHINGT WEDGE THERE ANY SUGGESTIONS ? WILL NOT RELEASE FROM INTERIOR LATCH THAT SEEMS LOOSE.

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  • mtsm Dec 07, 2008

    I turned the key left, now th edrivers side latch wont open, and the key wont open the trunk.

  • gor48 Dec 14, 2008

    cannot open trunk with key or lever, somebody suggest to remove back seats to get to trunk space but seats are locked and release lever is in trunk

  • danielcarr1 Dec 27, 2008

    I have the same problem with a 2003 Corolla- turned key left, after that could not get the trunk to open with either the key or by pulling the release handle inside the car near the driver's seat. Looked in the owner's manual, it said that to disable the release handle inside the car, turn the key left, which explains why the handle doesn't work...then looked in the owner's manual on how to lower the rear seat to get into the trunk, and it said to lower the seats, you have to pull a handle INSIDE the trunk! I'm going to do some research on how to lower the seats from inside the car to gain access to the trunk and the latching mechanism.

  • k1teacher Dec 29, 2008

    I have the same problem. MY husband turned the lock left and now we can't get the key to turn it back to the right. By turning it left it disables the trunk latch and the seat release is in the TRUNK!

  • tsunamimommy Dec 29, 2008

    I did the same, turned the key left and jammed up the latch and trunk release. Almost got the key stuck too! After a few weeks of trying occasionally, I finally got the key to turn to the right. It works now, though it did hesitate to open when the trunk was full of presents, so I am a little nervous when I put something in there.

  • king365 Mar 23, 2009

    my trunk on my 2003 toyota corolla just wont open no matter wat i do i think its something jammed in there because one side of my trunk is slighty up and it wont close evenly i think its something wrong with lock

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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.

If the lock does not turn, you need to disconnect the lock from the mechanism, so that the driver seat lever can start working again. To do this, and with the trunk open, remove the cover holded by nine plastic pins. Do not break the pins. After removing the cover, you will see the lock holded by two nuts. Remove the nuts with a rachet. The lock will be loose, and disconnect the lever that connects the lock to the latch. At this point the driver seat lever will start working again. Close the trunk and verify that the driver seat lever opens the trunk. Now you can open and close the trunk , and have time to call the dealer for a new lock.
Good luck.

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Okay! HERE"S THE SOLUTION as explained by the mechanics at Toyota, the trunk lock was made to do that so when you leave your car with a valet or in a parking lot no one can get into the trunk without the key.
You have to make sure you have an original Toyota key, not a copy to turn it back to the right and really all you have to do is turn it back all the way to the right. If that doesn't work call your Toyota dealership and they will help you - it was free for me as it doesn't take long for them to turn the key.

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Here is a solution that worked for me: Spray some WD40 into the key hole of the trunk. Stick the master key in and wiggle it around until you are able to turn the key hole to open the trunk.

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The cables from the latch going to the trunk might be broken or out of place where it should, try unlocking your trunk by taking off your back seat, get it from there and manually open the trunk latch, you should see whats wrong

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