Does the trunk of the Pontiac Fiero only open by keys or is there a hidden lever. I know there is a button on the dash, but if the trunk key is missing and the button on the dash doesn't seem to work when the battery is hooked up then what does a person do?
There are only 4 ways to open a Fiero trunk. With the key, with the electric trunk release, with a locksmith, and with a big hammer and screwdriver.
Some year Fieros required the parking brake be applied to activate the electric release, some had to be in park, and some of the early models would work just by pushing the button. The ground is through the latch, itself. If anything has gotten on the body portion of the latch and the trunk was closed, like a towel or plastic bag, that prevents the trunk portion from making metal to metal contact with the body striker, the release won't activate. If you can put power to the car, insert a key into the trunk lock, clamp one end of a negative jumper cable to it, and the other end underneath to some part of the frame. Hit the release button. This trick completes the ground circuit directly into the latch mechanism and bypasses the body striker plate.
If this doesn't work, remove the release switch from the dash, unplug it, and apply power with a 9V flashlilght battery to the terminals. You may have to play with the emergency brake handle during these processes.
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When you push button on dash do you hear trunk actuator. Because neither key nor switch works do this. If you can enter trunk from inside car and use a flashlight look around for a pull lever or a button use it this should open the trunk. When you get open replace trunk latch mechanism
I have a 2003 Nissan Sentra and have had this problem myself. When you operate the slide switch that is left of the steering wheel on the dash or push the trunk button on your key fob, can you hear the solenoid click, but the truck doesn't open? If it does, open the truck with your key and raise the lid. I found that the lever assembly in the bottom lock was hanging up. I lubricated with WD-40 and using a small screw driver I moved the levers until they moved smoothly. Then activated the key fob switch and it started operating. If the solenoid doesn't work then there probably is an electrical problem. Let me know.
I'm assuming you don't have the electric latch...Since the key is turning, the piece of metal that connects the lock with the latching mechanism probably came off on the other end. You are going to have to destroy the lock. You can do that without hurting the rest of the car though. Drill it out so you can remove the locks internal pieces and stick a long regular screw driver in and turn the latch. The Fiero Store sells new locks.
if you can drop back seats you can get in and manually flick the lever when it is open you will have to go to dealer to see if you can get a key to match or you might get 1 in a junkyard. if this helps please rate me
Does your Fiero have a power trunk switch? I had the same problem where I locked the keys in the trunk and the battery was dead. I had a portable car jumper that had a cigarette lighter socket and basically hooked it up through the cigarette lighter in the Fiero. The power flowed from the portable jumper through the car to give it enough power to open the trunk. You could also splice a cigarette lighter cord to a battery and plug it in.
If you don't have power trunk then you may have to drill the lock. I have heard that Fiero's were all wired for power trunks but you had to pay for the "option" to have them put in the switch when they were band new. I wouls also suggest taking off the small trim panel to the right of the intrument cluster and see if there is a power trunk connector there. If there is then you could purchase a power trunk switch to pop the trunk. Unfortunately I own 5 Fiero's all of which came with power trunk so I was never able to verify if that rumor was true. Good luck.