I had the same trouble with mine. My husband took a test light and checked to make sure there was power going to the push button. there was power so he climbed threw to the back and popped it from the inside. we found out that the wire in the back was being kinked by the tailgate. so it was shorting out. He just ran a new one and now it works great but still my key dont work lol but atleast the button does. give that a shot i hope it works foru too
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Have helper push button as you try to lift trunk open. I may just be weatherstrip is sticking. Use silicone spray lube on rubber to stop this. If latch has failed may be harder. Does the trunk have a key hole? Often when electric latch has failed you can turn key, then push button or other release mechanism and then turn key further for manual release (some cars--not all).
So your trunk release button on the dash dpesn't seem to open the trunk. Does your key fob button open the trunk? yes....then could be problem with switch but read on. no......are your power door locks not working as well. not working.....check fuse, on 2001 Focus the fuse is a 20amp number 63 on the back of the fuse panel under the dash. Pop cover off and undue the rwo screws. hold plastic retainers and pull off the fuse panel from metal frame. pull fuse panel down toand turn over so you can see the fuse.check fuse. blown? yes.......replace fuse with good one. test all door locks open/close then check fuse...if its blown the problem is something to do with the door lock circuits. if the fuse is still ok...try pushing the trunk open button. fuse still ok? then I am a loss toas to whats the problem but if the fiuse blew when trying the trunk button your problem is the trunk latch circuit. Now if the trunk latch button is popping the fuse then disconnect wiring to trunk latch (in trunk) and try the button again. Still blowing the it is the electrical before the trunk latch unit. If it did now blow the problem is something to do with the part of the circuit you disconnected. How to go farther and find the problem exactly is not covered in this answer. You have to take it from here. JAG
Checked all the fuses? I assume your trunk has no key cylinder.
Can you fold down your rear seats? Many times there is a manual release inside the trunk, just incase you lock yourself in the trunk!
If there is no manual release lever or cable with handle to pull the latch itself may have a slot on it that when a flat screwdriver is inserted and twisted it will rotate the release.
This is a known issue with these vehicles and results vary with a solution.
Try spraying the key with WD40 and spray wd40 inside the key opening and insert the key into the cylinder. Then wiggle the key around and turn slightly left to right to see if you can get it pop. You may have a strike plate that is out of alignment.
Also,try having someone push down hard on the trunk while turning the lock to open.
Have you tried unlocking the rear seat to allow access to the trunk? there is a manual cable/switch that will most likely have a bright colored end, pull this switch to manually open,I'm not real sure what side it is on in the trunk.
Yes, insure that you have power to the trunk lock inside trunk, If not could be lose/broken wire or shot fuse. I am sure the key fob does work for the doors? If not have key fob battery replaced. Also, a quick check on power to trunk lock, check to see if have remote power button inside car, if it works power is good. Defective key fob would then be indicated.
you have a fuse for it ,check the fuse box ,it might not say trunk on fuse panel, you might need to pull those fuses out one by one checking each one to see if blown, if the center between the two sides are broke the fuse is blown, hope this helps you, thanks robert b.
the key does not work because it never gets used because of the button LOL.check fuses pull switch out jump the two wires trunk might pop if its the switch.
or spray penetrating fluid in key hole and work back a forth a million times.
or go in threw back seat pull off panel and un lock manualy