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Old 01-14-2009, 01:51 PM
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Hey Guys,
I have a completely dead battery. So dead, that I don't have enough power to get into the trunk. Do you guys know of a good way to get into it so that I can change it out? I would have normally thought that I could just use the key to manually pop it open, but it doesn't want to turn. I'm wondering if the chrome frame on the trunk is screwed down so tight that it's prohibiting it from turning manually. I've never really had to open it that way before and am not sure.

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Not knowing what model you have, ymmv...

In my -06 GS, you use the normal door key, but the lock in the trunklid is a bit tight, so it needs some negotiation. ...a good spray of WD40 or similar could also be beneficial...

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Old 01-14-2009, 02:49 PM
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Not knowing what model you have, ymmv...

In my -06 GS, you use the normal door key, but the lock in the trunklid is a bit tight, so it needs some negotiation. ...a good spray of WD40 or similar could also be beneficial...

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That's my suspicion as well. I have an 02 Cambio. It's really tight when trying to turn the key and I'm afraid I'll break the key. I'll try the WD40 and see what happens.

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Try pushing down on top of trunk while turning key - the key only needs to turn a little bit to open the trunk - you will not experience the usual "pop" that you may be expecting.


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By the way - after you change the battery turn the ignition key 2-3 times to the position right before starting and let all systems reset before you crank it up (per my mechanic). Good luck!


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Old 01-14-2009, 04:54 PM
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The owner's manual says to turn it on and wait 30 sec before starting after an electrical outage.


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...just went through the same situation here; pushing the lid down and turning the key just like borgenhard adviced did the trick for me.

Now on the dead battery, my problem was deeper than that... the alternator went bad and that is what sucked all the power from my battery, had to buy a new alternator and will be getting my car back tomorrow.

Good luck with yours...


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Old 01-14-2009, 07:30 PM
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I tried pushing down on the trunk, but no luck. Supposedly there's a safty release cable somewhere that should open the trunk, but I'm not sure where it is. Does anyone know where it might be located? I need to comb through the manual and see if it says anything.

thanks for all the advice.
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Old 01-14-2009, 07:35 PM
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Default Paco, what did the alternator set you back?

I have a suspicion mine is going bad.
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:00 PM
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fpliu, the safety cable to open the trunk that you are looking for is inside the trunk so that does not solve anything for you unless you remove your back seat and crawl into the trunk to pull it open... I went through the manual and the only solution I can think of is to get one of those battery chargers that give you a jump start through the cigarrette lighter aqnd charge it up just enough to open your trunk.

D, the "stealership" here in El Salvador did not have the alternator so I called the "stealership" in Miami, The Collection... they did not have it either but they could order it for me for the bargain price of $1,195.00 + 7% sales tax so I thought I would look for a more reasonable solution.

A quick search on ebay hooked me up with BNR PARTS ALTERNATORS AND STARTERS, they had it for $325.00 plus $19.95 shipping and handling. They shipped it to Miami and my sister who was there at the time brought it down to El Salvador yesterday.
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:01 PM
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I have a suspicion mine is going bad.
Don't do what I did. Change it out right away. When I find out what Battery my shop uses I'll post it. I read a lot here about people using Interstate or Optima, etc. I think my shop uses a gel cell
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:03 PM
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[QUOTE=PacoSaca;50018]fpliu, the safety cable to open the trunk that you are looking for is inside the trunk so that does not solve anything for you unless you remove your back seat and crawl into the trunk to pull it open... I went through the manual and the only solution I can think of is to get one of those battery chargers that give you a jump start through the cigarrette lighter aqnd charge it up just enough to open your trunk.


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Old 01-14-2009, 10:51 PM
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That's my suspicion as well. I have an 02 Cambio. It's really tight when trying to turn the key and I'm afraid I'll break the key. I'll try the WD40 and see what happens.

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Just a slight bit of powered graphite on the key before you put it in will make it even better... You can buy it at your local hardware store.


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The trunk release cable is actually a safety feature to allow you to escape from inside your trunk should you happen to fall in and have the top close on you!


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