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Any fellow Canadians experience the situation in the topic title? US cars have an interior emergency release handle, but not ours.<p>Symptoms: BOOT LID OPEN message displayed constantly; Lid looks fully closed/flush; Exterior release handle isn't making the usual electromechanical 'unlatch' noises when pressed.<p>My plan is to crawl into the trunk from the back seats, attempt to remove the trunk lid trim and see what I can access. Any other ideas would be appreciated.<p>Thanks. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Trunk Lid Stuck Closed (Canadian Car with no Inside Release Handle) - HELP! (tillley)

I'd make sure the trunk lock button isn't accidentally pressed on your dash.<br>
 

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Re: Trunk Lid Stuck Closed (Canadian Car with no Inside Release Handle) - HELP! (tillley)

Make sure your glove box is unlocked. If you lock the glove box with valet key it also locks the trunk...Good luck <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Trunk Lid Stuck Closed (Modernman)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Modernman</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Make sure your glove box is unlocked. If you lock the glove box with valet key it also locks the trunk...Good luck <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Glove box definitely unlocked (first thing I did was read my owner's manual, kept in glove box).
 

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Re: Trunk Lid Stuck Closed (ss60)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ss60</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I'd make sure the trunk lock button isn't accidentally pressed on your dash.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>No such button on my dash ('05 S40).
 

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I just had a thought. If I pull the fuse for the locking system, will it default to unlocked? Might try this first before starting the 'crawl'.
 

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Re: Trunk Lid Stuck Closed (tilley)

hmmm...Did u try disconnecting the battery for a couple minutes, see if it'll reset <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Trunk Lid Stuck Closed (Modernman)

Checked for a fuse and there doesn't seem to be one for the trunk lid lock.<p>Disconnected the battery for about half an hour, no change.<p>Crawled in through the back seats to try and remove the lid lining for access.....the bumper stops on the inside of the lid prevent removal of the lining.... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Any other ideas out there?
 

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Re: Trunk Lid Stuck Closed (tilley)

I had a similar problem with my V50. The rubber seal around the rear hatch release button (it is electrical and not mechanical) had worked its way in the gap and prevented the button from being fully depressed. <p>I have also heard of folks having something get caught in the latch and preventing it from opening.<p>Ok, I am not from the Great White North but I have been through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.<p>Stan
 

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Re: Trunk Lid Stuck Closed (AutoGeek)

Hmmm, so if I understand, I should try and take apart the release on the outside and see what I find.<p>Do you recall if you had the 'BOOT LID OPEN' message?
 

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Re: Trunk Lid Stuck Closed (AutoGeek)

Well, I took apart the latch from the outside and nothing unusual noticed. Connector looks ok, no rubber seal somewhere it shouldn't be, so I think it's off to the dealer next week.<p>I suspect the 'computer' sending the 'BOOT LID OPEN' message, is disabling the unlatch mechanism since it thinks, "if I'm open, I should just ignore any further signal from the owner to open me....stupid owner!".<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Dealer probably has a way of overriding the computer commands, allowing the latch mechanism to work....I hope.
 

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Did you get this fixed? What was the cause and solution? I'm having the same problem but would prefer not to give my cash to the stealers.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kipkemei</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Did you get this fixed? What was the cause and solution? I'm having the same problem but would prefer not to give my cash to the stealers.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>+1 Interested in hearing how it was resolved: my trunk lid seems to somehow be working its way open on its own, and even opened up when l took off from a stop sign, luckily no one was behind me so the backpack full of an unbound book didn't go through their windshield...<br>I have checked the lid and latch, made sure I closed it very well, and it still seems to work its way open. I have now removed everything from my trunk as I don't want to kill anyone. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>carreragt7</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>+1 Interested in hearing how it was resolved: my trunk lid seems to somehow be working its way open on its own, and even opened up when l took off from a stop sign, luckily no one was behind me so the backpack full of an unbound book didn't go through their windshield...<br>I have checked the lid and latch, made sure I closed it very well, and it still seems to work its way open. I have now removed everything from my trunk as I don't want to kill anyone. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Holy crap that is nuts! Glad to hear that no one was behind you. Maybe a shot of teflon spray into the latch mechanism?
 

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Yeah, I was super lucky. Lets just say I literally took off from that stop sign, turning left (I love the way my car turns) and I got a block away and looked in my rear view mirror and couldn't see out of the rear window. I then realized the trunk lid was open, looked in my other mirrors and saw a lady picking stuff off of the road, and a cop pull up next to her. Scary, but I went back and told them it was my stuff. The cop was not too much of a jerk, but he quizzed me on the stuff to make sure it was really mine because the bag was my girlfriends and she had a fingerprinting paper from the police in the bag (her job requires a background check and for her to be fingerprinted).<br>Scary experience, but super glad it wasn't worse with damage to someone's car or to a person.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>carreragt7</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yeah, I was super lucky. Lets just say I literally took off from that stop sign, turning left (I love the way my car turns) and I got a block away and looked in my rear view mirror and couldn't see out of the rear window. I then realized the trunk lid was open, looked in my other mirrors and saw a lady picking stuff off of the road, and a cop pull up next to her. Scary, but I went back and told them it was my stuff. The cop was not too much of a jerk, but he quizzed me on the stuff to make sure it was really mine because the bag was my girlfriends and she had a fingerprinting paper from the police in the bag (her job requires a background check and for her to be fingerprinted).<br>Scary experience, but super glad it wasn't worse with damage to someone's car or to a person.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>They were like "Sir is this really your Hello Kitty bag?" You: "Why yes, it is!" Them: "PROVE IT!" <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p><br>That would really have me tweaked if I couldn't depend on the latch staying shut, I once watched a guy's hood fly up and shatter his windshield when I was a kid. <p>Again I am glad that you, the bag, and anyone in the general area were ok. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Bigblk4</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>That would really have me tweaked if I couldn't depend on the latch staying shut, I once watched a guy's hood fly up and shatter his windshield when I was a kid. <p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I saw this happen to an elderly couple last summer on I-5. They were driving an 2000'ish Oldsmobile. I was 2 lanes over and just behind them when all of a sudden.... BAM, hood flies up. Scary as all hell.
 

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No, not fixed yet. I've been living with it up to now. I go in for my regular service check tomorrow and this will be at the top of my 'other issues' list. It should be covered under warranty since I'm still just under the time and mileage.<p>I'll let you know what happens.
 

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Re: Trunk Lid Stuck Closed (tilley)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>tilley</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hmmm, so if I understand, I should try and take apart the release on the outside and see what I find.<p>Do you recall if you had the 'BOOT LID OPEN' message?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Sorry I didn't get back to you earlier, I lost track of the post. To answer your question, I did not get any message. <p>Occasionally, my hatch will not open and if I press the handle in different locations, it does open.<p>I also heard of folks getting something lodged in the latch and preventing it from opening.<br>Stan
 

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Hmm, mine had the latch unable to close properly when I have the trunk completely empty. Need a few tries before it closes properly and the "Boot Lid Open" message disappears. At least there is the message there to prevent my boot from opening while I was driving.
 
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