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locked out of trunk, how to open from inside trunk? o/b sedan


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#1 themoneypit

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 08:52 PM

2000 outback sedan. the key wont open the trunk. i saw the tab and switched it over to see if that was the problem, and now it wont open from the lever, or with the key DOH.

so i see the "trunk access" hole in the seat, and im gonna try and squeeze my fat arse in there and get it open again, but i dont know how... ill flip the switch back and just use the lever from now on. help please b4 i climb in there and cant get out lmao. thanks

#2 Fairtax4me

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:14 PM

Yeah the lever is the Valet switch. Flip that and only one key (the master key) can open the trunk. if you don't have that key you leave it alone.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:42 PM

gotcha.. so if i climb in there, i can flip that switch with it closed, and have someone hit the lever and get me out?

the key goes in and turns, but it doesnt pop?

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 12:26 AM

I don't think you can get to the lever it with the trunk closed. But maybe you can I don't know. I'm not sure how you could kajiggle the latch to get it popped. I know there is a little square hole right in the center that I THINK you can jam a screwdriver into and twist and it will pop but I'm not sure. I can check in the morning.

Your back seats don't fold down? Seems like it might be better/safer to just take the back seat out. It isn't that hard to remove the cushions. Two bolts for the bottom cushion and three for the back cushion.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 12:41 AM

Back seats don't fold down... Found that out by experience.

I believe there is the inside release lever that glows in the dark made for people that would somehow find themselves stuck in their trunk lol.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 04:03 AM

This happened in a friends Impreza sedan. I just removed the rear seats, crawled in, and was able to open the trunk.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 07:31 AM

if the key turns but nothing happens the key cylinder is probably ok and you have a linkage problem. worst case, some part is busted but probably just came ''unsnapped''.

you might try a broom stick or something similar to reach insdie the trunk and ''flip the lever''.

there might even be a trunk release inside. some cars have them, but i guess that is just the really big ones that are used for kidnapping. :lol:

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 08:41 AM

ill see what i can do this weekend. i looked for an inside pull, but dont see one. those only became mandatory in the last few years. maybe i will take the seat out, so i dont get stuck in there. its a tight fit climbing thru the little access hole.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 10:58 AM

maybe a neighbor kid could climb in for you. but ask the parent, not the child.

i'm not familiar with the ''access hole'' but i still think a long stick should be able to flip the ''remote'' lever .

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 04:53 PM

Take the seat out, crawl in and stick your finger into this hole:

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Push that lever towards the passenger side. Should pop open then. You might be able to flip the valet lever from the inside, but I couldn't really tell.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 05:34 PM

It's only like 4 bolts to remove the seat, so that part is pretty easy.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:25 AM

k thanks guys, im gonna go give it a shot now. ill climb in the hole and try popping it open with that lever. if i dont post back by tomorrow, then im stuck in there, so send help!!! j/k ill be fine, and have someone else there just incase LOL

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 04:12 PM

i got it open, was able to flip the lever and release it with the lever inside car. its missing the rod from the key switch to the latch, so ill pick one up at the j/y and that should work again also. thanks for the replys :headbang:

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 05:46 PM

i got it open, was able to flip the lever and release it with the lever inside car. its missing the rod from the key switch to the latch, so ill pick one up at the j/y and that should work again also. thanks for the replys :headbang:

Did you look for the rod inside the panel?
Where in CT do you junkyard shop?

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:55 PM

yeah, i looked around, but didnt find it. i just bought my 2.2 motor for that car from terryville auto parts, so i will go there first. plus now ill be in the market for a sunroof glass for my 05 baja, since that got broken yesterday by a driveshaft that fell off the truck infront of me. shot up like a missle, and hit the roof right above my head. 3 inches lower, i wouldnt be here typing this... theres several j/ys in my area thou, atleast 10 within 15min driving.

why do you ask? do you have some top secret subaru j/y that i dont know about... where in CT are you from?

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 10:03 PM

I'm in Fairfield County and don't know of any JYs down here. Real estate is too spendy here on the gold coast to support a yard.
Do you by any chance have "glass" coverage on your insurance policy? Cheap insurance in our state where tree limbs are always falling and deer love to lap dance with drivers.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:10 AM

ah, yeah theres not many down your way. i live in watertown, theres a couple here, and a ton in waterbury.

i do have glass coverage, but ill be getting paid for the repair from the other guys insurance co. so, im pretty sure that would be ins fraud if i got paid from his, then had mine replace it... it did cross my mind thou LOL.




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