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Trunk release button on 2001 ford focus will not work

Pushing the trunk release button inside the car will not pop the trunk. Nothing happens

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  • Terry Autrey Sep 12, 2015

    Mine was doing the same as yours. All the door locks were working and the fuse had no damage. I went and bought a switch from an auto salvage yard. It wouldn't work either. Then I watched the video below that Justin Peter posted about cleaning it with rubbing alcohol. I tried it with my original switch and now my truck opens every time. I cleaned the salvage yard one and it opens every time too. Give it a try. It's easy.



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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

Posted on Nov 07, 2012



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I made a video on how I fixed mine. I show how to take it out, clean it, and another problem I found with the wires going to the latch had cracked insulation and where I found it.

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  • Terry Autrey Sep 12, 2015

    Mine was doing the same as yours. All the door locks were working and the fuse had no damage. I went and bought a switch from an auto salvage yard. It wouldn't work either. Then I watched your video. I tried it with my original switch and now my truck opens every time. I cleaned the salvage yard one and it opens every time too. It hasn't worked in 5 years and I tried to find a way to make it work without buying a new one. Thanks for the video.

  • Justin Peters Sep 13, 2015

    Thanks!! If you have problems with your dash lights not coming on with the headlights or brake lights blowing the fuse, I have videos on my YouTube on how I fixed those problems also.

  • Joey knuckles
    Joey knuckles Aug 22, 2017

    My button on n dash does not work, will try this, but when using key fob, latch releases but but hatch doesn't "pop up". Any ideas?



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SOURCE: Trunk button not working

You can access it thru trunk.Just lower seat and inside trunk you will see a yellow T handle.Pull T handle to open trunk.
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Posted on Feb 08, 2009


Craig Davies

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SOURCE: locked trunk

There should be a button on th dashboard to open the trunk. I would think the emergency release is for the fuel filler flap. Is the key going in the lock? maybe it just needs a squirt of wd40?

The ford locks can be taken apart and made to fit any key, by rearranging the tumblers in the lock.
Any decent garage would be able to do this for you.


Posted on Feb 04, 2009


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SOURCE: my trunk will not open on my 2002 ford focus

It sounds like your latch has double locked. Here is the fun part, can you drop your rear seat and get into the trunk? If you can look for a tag that is possabily glowing pull it to release the emergency latch on the trunk. then with your finger lock the latch and check to see if it is leaving a large enough gap fot your pinky finger to fit in. if it is then you have reset it. if not then pull the emergency release a few more times

Posted on Feb 23, 2009


ricky horwood

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SOURCE: Keys locked in the trunk of a 1991 Ford Taurus ...

dont know if this helps but dose the back seats fold down

Posted on Jul 05, 2009


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SOURCE: 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 rear window wiper and trunk release stop work

there is a recall on them i had the same issue it is caused by the wires being crushed when the trunk colses(im an ex ford mechanic, and ex owner of a focus)

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