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Japper. The Gen 3 Taurus trunk lock is known for locking up with age and lack of use. Check under the Topic Finder link at the top on how to free it up. You can start out by trying some graphite and/or WD-40 squirted into the lock while working the key. If it still won't work, you'll want to purchase a new lock from a place like RockAuto.com then have a locksmith come out and key it. The 96+ Taurus has the same key for the trunk, ignition and doors.

Testing for remote keyless: All doors must be Closed. Insert key in ignition and QUICKLY (not more than 1 second between positions) move from OFF To RUN (not START) 5 times (for 1996 and 1997 models) or 8 times (1998 to 2007 models). Ending in RUN. If the doors lock and then unlock then you have keyless entry.

Within 20 seconds, press any button on an transmitter, and the doors will lock and then unlock to confirm that each transmitter has been programmed. Repeat this step for each transmitter.

NOTE: If the door locks do not respond for any transmitter, wait several seconds and press the button again.
 

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thanks for the keyless check tip Nick...

regarding the lock, the problem is not that it is frozen, I just do not have a key for it...
The same key is used in all lock cylinders on a 96+ model Taurus...trunk, glove box, ignition, doors, etc. :)

It may seem your trunk lock needs another key...it's really that the lock cylinder is frozen up (not from temp, but lack of use).
 

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