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Old 07-30-2006, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there anyway to open the trunk to a 97 from then inside of it. I just recently bought the car and the trunk is stuck shut. The key wont turn the cylinder and the automatic release button inside the cabin doesn't open it either (although it does click). Thanks in advance.
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if the rear seats fold down you could go through there and turn the internal saftey release, if they dont, you can pull the rear seat out then go through.
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Where is the internal safety release? I have looked for it but I can't seem to locate it.
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The safety release wasn't added until 2000.
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This may help once you get the trunk opened

I had mine do that on my '97. But the trunk button worked. I took the cover off the trunk lid to get access to the tumbler. I then sprayed some Rust cure inside the tumbler. Rust cure also is a penetrating lube as well as rust protectant. Anyhew I inserted the key inside and tried to turn it with no luck. So I took a hammer and hit the rear of the tumbler while trying to turn the key, at the same time. After a few minutes it freed up and I sprayed more rust cure inside and spent about 5 minutes turning the key to work it through. When I was done I sprayed a bit more in. That was last fall. I haven't had a problem since.
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Originally posted by the_intimidator_02@Jul 30 2006, 03:53 PM
This may help once you get the trunk opened

I had mine do that on my '97.* But the trunk button worked.* I took the cover off the trunk lid to get access to the tumbler.* I then sprayed some Rust cure inside the tumbler.* Rust cure also is a penetrating lube as well as rust protectant.* Anyhew I inserted the key inside and tried to turn it with no luck. So I took a hammer and hit the rear of the tumbler while trying to turn the key, at the same time.* After a few minutes it freed up and I sprayed more rust cure inside and spent about 5 minutes turning the key to work it through.* When I was done I sprayed a bit more in.* That was last fall.* I haven't had a problem since.
Once you know how a lock cylinder is built..... you easy figure out that it's way more helpfull to go back and forth with the key than try turning it.
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Push up and down on the trunk lid while someone hits the trunk open button.
Also spray some silicon or WD-40 in the lock mechanism.
That worked on my 99 that had the same problem.
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