how to unlock hood trunk and gas flap


Asked by Dec 16, 2013 at 06:26 AM about the 2006 Chevrolet Optra

Question type: General

I cannot open the hood, trunk or gas cap on my 2006 Chevy Optra. Is there a security
switch locking those 3 items, or what. I appreciate any help you can offer. Thanks very
much. :-)

5 Answers


You sure there aren't frozen shut with the current weather?

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Yes Mark, I'm sure. The car has been in cozy garage for the last two weeks, sheltered from cold, and wind chill. But I do appreciate the thoughtfulness you put into your answer. Anyone else have an idea as to what's causing my 2006 Chevy Optra wagon's hood, trunk and gas flap to lock up? Thanks in advance.

Sorry Tom. I called you "Mark", by accident. Apology accepted? I hope so. Folks, I really AM nonplussed by my not being able to open my Optra Wagon hood, trunk and gas flap. Any ideas on what's happening, and how to correct it? Thanks.


Can I assume they don't open mechanically with a lever in the cabin and rely on a solenoid/electrical connection? I'm not familiar with the Optra/Lacetti. I'd first check the fuses, one that controls them might be blown, but why is the question. Maybe best to have someone local look at it.


Tom, a VERY long post coming up: Tom, you are right about them opening mechanically with levers. 2 out of 3 problems were solved by locating those levers. So, how did I get so brilliant, as to find them all by my lonesome? I didn't. I took your advice Tom, and called someone local to have a look at it. I called the car dealer who sold the Optra to me. To my surprise, he drove right over, and made a "house call". (No charge). 1) GAS FLAP) He lifted the driver side door floor mat, revealing the gas flap release lever. I told him that it seemed mighty odd that GM would use floor mats that obscure an important lever. He sheepishly admitted that he didn't have GM mats in stock, so he used floor mats from a 1994 Ford Tempo. I pointed out to him that my gas tank was more than 3 quarters empty. And that I would NOT have been able to tank up without opening the gas flap. He nodded, and mumbled, "Yeah, I see that now. Sorry." 2) TRUNK) He showed me that the trunk lid, is partially released by pressing a tiny button on the key fob. Then he demonstrated where to slip my fingers, to click the release switch, underneath the partly opened trunk lid. That simple 2 step method sprung my trunk lid wide open. Great. 3) HOOD) Tom, the hood release was under the dash, virtually invisible, and in a very awkward position. The driver has to contort his body to reach it. Not very user friendly, but it, nonetheless does exist, and it works straightforwardly. But Tom, even if I had found it on my own, it is not labeled in any way ; not with words nor an icon. Well, the car dealer didn't design the car, so I said nothing. When I twisted and turned enough, I was able to pull the under-dash release. Then he showed me where to fish around under the lip of the hood for the 2nd release. I pushed the release switch up, and the hood rose, almost majestically, and waited for me to slip the hood support bar under it. Tom, while waiting for the car dealer to drive over, I discovered that none of the power windows slid up and down. When asked about it, he pointed out that the child-safety lock was on. I said that it was reasonable that it locked-up the rear seat windows, and even the passenger side window. But why the driver's window? He gave a sort of diffident shrug. Again, he didn't design the car. But he did sell it to me. Giving me a quick tour of the basic switches, and levers would have taken 5 minutes out of his day. Surely he could have found that time, for a buyer who just spent, several thousand dollars on one of his dealership's cars. And I also spent almost 3 thousand more bucks, on a 4 year, zero deductible, unlimited claims and mileage, extended warranty. But, the guy did drive over to my house, and set things right. So, I'm cool. P.S. Tom, I should explain WHY, I called you "Mark". I misread the blue prompt, in the bottom left hand corner of reply box, as a name,"Mark", instead of "Mark helpful" beside a thumbs-up icon. Why was as I so thick-headed? I had major brain surgery a while back, followed by a huge brain hemorrhage into my frontal lobes. Also, I was born with 3 brain lesions, on one of my temporal lobes because of a botched forceps birth. Those temporal lobe scars, gave me Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. That epilepsy is now well controlled by narcotic anticonvulsant medicines. (I have been seizure free long enough that, the Ministry of Transportation's Driver Control Department cleared me to drive again.). But my total narcotic load skyrocketed when the brain surgery, and brain hemorrhage, left me in chronic pain. So, I have to wear a VERY strong narcotic Fentanyl "pain patch" 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. That patch was designed for stage 4, metastatic cancer pain. (That's when cancer has metastasized, and spread to several internal organs.). But, even Fentanyl, sometimes, is not enough to hold the pain in check. The sharp, searing pain can "break through", and leave me in unbearable pain. When that "break through pain" happens, I have to also take narcotic, oral Morphine. Taking ALL those narcotics, for epilepsy, brain surgery, and brain hemorrhage, simultaneously, can muddle my mind. That's why I misread the "Mark helpful" prompt, as "Mark". So Tom, I hope this explains my error over your name. Thank you for thoughtful answers to my questions. Very helpful ; and also very kind.

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