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How do I get my trunk on my 2008 Toyota Camry to stay closed

Won't lock or close but the release button works

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Hi,



Not knowing the history of the car, it could be a number of a few things,

1) Try spraying a lubricant ,eg, Innox, WD 40, or something similar, When the lock mechanism is manufactured it is filled with a medium to heavy weight grease, Thats fine ,however if the car is used off paved roads ( dirt/gravel) the dust is drawn to all the trunk ( we call them 'the boot" ) in Australia, Therefore the grease attracts the dust making it hard and can make the lock stick open, with a shallow ish' dish,and some kerosene and small old paint brush ,give the lock a thorough clean ,holding the dish underneath so the dirty kero wont mess up your boot carpet, You can take the lock out, but prior to doing this, get yourself a fine marker, (the finer the better, ) and trace around or mark 2 spots on the top, 2 either sides,

& also the bottom, most will have thick shims, that once the lock is removed can be a real pain in the back side the get them back into position, Its not impossible, but just keep that in mind, some other models have fixed shims, . That why if it isn't nessesary, leave it on there, and use kero to clean it,

Once its clean, blow it out with compressed air, repeat this until all the crap particals are gone, or close enough to it,, give it another quick squirt of WD40,Or sim, then apply a good finger full of a water proof grease,

2), Try to close the boot, & and with any luck, the latch in the lock will now be free and activate and the lock finger will spring out and mesh with the keeper

3) if still not working loosen the 2 / 4 studs (bolts) , remembering to mark around the outter shape of the latch retainer, loosen just enough so you can tap it around with a nylon headed hammer, ( brass will do the same thing), & tap in across or back or forth, and then try closing the boot, Once you have found a happy medium and the boot is opening 10/10, tighten all bolts you have loosened, There are a number of reason, eg, the car my have been rear ended at some stage of the cars life, the wife trying the close the boot while tryng to get a table home she has purchased from a garage sale,
and after repeated slamming until the boot closes, it buckles the hinges ,the boot itself, ....So give these couple of thing a try 1st .. If the lock it broken you can get them from the auto dismantlers, ( auto wreckers) , but make sure they have the key for it, Unless you want to entirely rely on the remote boot opener from key fob, or a cable .. That will give you something to think about,

Hope this has been some help,

Regards K1PA68

Posted on Jun 15, 2015

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SOURCE: 97 Camry - trunk will not latch closed

Sparay lock assy with lubricant, and look where release cable attaches to lock assy, and push/pry it one way or the other to get it to move, opposite of where it is. Lube cable too.

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

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Ronnie Wilson

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SOURCE: trunk won't open with interior release or key`

If not used for Long Period of time can seize up last resort go though rear seat to get it open and work with it from there if rusty Use PB BLASTER Spray on it and work it free

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

Anonymous

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SOURCE: 2003 TOYOTA AVALON TRUNK RELEASE BUTTON ON DASH

There is a hidden deactivation button in the glove box. Just push it and your problem should be solved.

Posted on Jan 24, 2010

Anonymous

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SOURCE: 2003 Toyota Corolla. Trunk

The trunk latch is not adjusted correctly. I suggest that you losen the bolts that hold the bottom latch and slide it up about 1/8 to 1/4. Then try it. Keep adjusting it till it latches. That should do the trick. Good luck.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010

Richard Brooks

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SOURCE: My Avalon trunk won't latch and stay closed. I

If it has a trunk release it sounds to be frozen..Also some close themselves electrically...But I am sure you would know if it is electric or not..If not check for a trunck fuse in the fuse box or the owners manual would be the best...If it is a manual trunk and is stuck or frozen you should be able to move the trunk latch with a big flat prybar...And if it is out of alignment the adjustment is at the striker that is mounted to the lid and not the latch itself....Hope thhis helps......Metalpoet

Posted on Apr 17, 2011

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