trunk release cable

Asked by Apr 08, 2016 at 09:43 AM about the 2000 Hyundai Sonata

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My trunk release cable  is rusted and not
working and my key fits in trunk but does
not turn is there a trick or other release way
to open trunk I have same issue with gas
cap

2 Answers

445

ive crawled into the trunk from my back seat to open a trunk. there should be a release in the trunk. Many sedans made since 2000 have a 'valet switch' in the back that prevents unauthorized use of the vehicle's trunk when they only have a valet key. You may have accidentally clicked it over to activate this without even realizing it

1 people found this helpful.

I just got extremely lucky and was able to release my back seats in about 30 minutes. Eliminating my trial and error will allow you to do this in 1/2 the time. I suggest starting with the rear passenger side since that is the bigger seat and will give your easier access to the trunk. 1. Remove the rear headrest. 2. Remove the plastic square behind the headrest. We will call that the A Hole (that's also what we will call the person that designed this ridiculous system. 3. Remove the plastic square covering the middle seat belt strap. We will call this the B Hole. 4. Look through A hole and you will see a wire with gray insulation on it. This is the seat release wire. Shine a light through B Hole and you will be able to trace this wire towards the center of the car. You will see where it passes through an anchor and than comes out the other side without the insulation on it. This uninsulated wire is the one you want to pull/pry. I stuck a screw driver through the A Hole to accomplish this. The seat popped pretty easily. You will hear it pop and release. The driver's side releases in a similar fashion if you are unable to get the passenger side to work. 5. Once the seat is down, you will see a gray switch to the left of the trunk lock mechanism. This is the release. Simply slide the button to the side and the trunk will open. You can also trace the gray wire back to the knob and give it a pull to release the other seat if you need more room. I had my much skinnier son do this for me. 6. There is a valet switch to the right of the locking mechanism on the trunk lid. On my car this was in the lock position. I must have bumped it at some point. Switch it to the unlock position and your key fob release as well as the release on the dash of the car should work. 7. Reward yourself with an ice cold beverage for a job well do

Your Answer:

Hyundai Sonata Experts

  • #1
    toDumbToNotKnow
    Reputation
    1,690
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,560
  • #3
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    1,140
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Hyundai Elantra
470 Great Deals out of 47,246 listings starting at $650
Used Honda Accord
713 Great Deals out of 103,652 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Camry
855 Great Deals out of 72,147 listings starting at $1,000
Used Kia Optima
362 Great Deals out of 29,679 listings starting at $450
Used Nissan Altima
848 Great Deals out of 62,410 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Civic
497 Great Deals out of 45,161 listings starting at $1,150
Used Chevrolet Malibu
594 Great Deals out of 51,820 listings starting at $1,550
Used Toyota Corolla
734 Great Deals out of 64,393 listings starting at $1,499
Used Nissan Maxima
256 Great Deals out of 17,241 listings starting at $1,900
Used Hyundai Santa Fe
233 Great Deals out of 14,827 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Hyundai Sonata For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 25,409 listings starting at $14,483
2017 Hyundai Sonata For Sale
66 Great Deals out of 4,323 listings starting at $9,490
2016 Hyundai Sonata For Sale
41 Great Deals out of 2,097 listings starting at $8,500
2015 Hyundai Sonata For Sale
192 Great Deals out of 6,413 listings starting at $6,499
2014 Hyundai Sonata For Sale
65 Great Deals out of 1,574 listings starting at $6,495

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.