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Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:17 am 
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have you tried forcing the lid to the left or right and upwards at the same time...can't remember how the lid locks onto the boot. might be able to give the latch enough room to unlatch itself it is hanging on by a 1mm or 2.

I don't know if this will work, but try pushing the lid downwards and hold it down while you turn the key. The boot lit might have something jammed between the lid and car body, causing the latch to be forced upwards with enough force for the relay not to be strong enough to unlatch it...happened to my EA.

If those fail...then I can't help you no more.

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Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:06 am 
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Its getting to the point where i might get out tha bloody angle grinder. Bloody spare tyres in the boot and im stuffed if i get a flat

Has anyone done the drilling behind the number plate and has a pic so i can see where to drill?

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:15 pm 
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If you do end up cutting the bootlid, it might be a good idea to mark around the number plate before you take it off. This way you will know for sure that the plate will cover your work after you have finished.

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:25 pm 
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yeah i dunno what im gonna do

I would like to resort to drilling the 6-8mil hole someone mentioned but dont want to randomly drill anywhere and hopefully someone will be able to provide a pic, or even where i need to drill

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:51 pm 
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Try and unbolt the striker as suggested at http://www.fordforums.com.au/showthread.php?t=11217160

I don't own a sedan, but I think in the EF/EL's, the bolts are only accessed inside the boot - someone will confirm this.

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:24 pm 
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i like the striker idea i`ll give it a go tommorow when i do the ATF oil change

 

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Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:56 pm 
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Well i got in the boot, cant say it was a pleasant way to get in.

I drilled the hole to release the Lock where i thought it was and got it wrong. Followed the steps in the link provided by "snap0964" and i regret to say that the striker nuts are not accessible from the back of the car, i took the bumper off to get to that nuts and broke the damn right hand bumper guider and after all that they where not accessible. At this point i`d had enough and got the grinder out to cut my way in. My girlfriend went and hid in her Yaris next to mine " Sparks flying everywhere, i was p****d" i cut a hole (forget the dimensions, but just within a spot where it could be hidden by the Number plate.)

After opening the boot successfully, my girlfriend thought she was so good opening the boot....All she did was turn the key SIGH!

Anyway after successfully opening the boot it confirmed me fears and they are that having a sub installed was all that caused it. Turns out my days of lots of bass caused the s**t boot packing, filler crap they put in to crack and fall down into the boot lock release. Therefore when you press the button or use the key the lock cant release cause of the filling jammed in the lock.

I have uploaded pics that i took with my phone of what i had to do and the evil filling that caused it all, the last one is a bit crappy it was night here when i finished.

P.S Word of advice, if you dont need to remove your rear bumper then just leave it on......mine was such a b**ch to get off and its a nightmare to put back on

 

 

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Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:58 pm 
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Sorry bout the size im friggin tried and cant be fagged adjusting, but seriously is Dial-Up still avaliable?

I cut a piece of Tin and siliconed it over the hole and then painted it the same colour as the car, it came up alright, but im just relieved that i can access the boot now

 

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:55 am 
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this happened to my brothers EF this morning... and there is a sub box blocking most of the boot... sorry to burst your bubble. but theres a fuse u can pull out of the interior fusebox and put it back in about 7 seconds later then the boot release button in the interior is able to be clicked. pops the boot open straight away. i couldnt find anything blocking the latch tho.
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Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:12 am 
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Yeah, but if you read the thread, he was pressing the boot release etc. the relay was clicking but the latch was jammed.

glad to hear you got it sorted in the end and all good now.

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:34 pm 
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hickmanioz wrote:
when you do get it open, i reckon you will find a nice little chunk of hardened glue/foam s**t that comes from inside the bootlining. It most likely will be stuck in the boot latch :)

happened to me but fortunately i didn't have a gas tank in the way to get it out



TOLD YA SO! good ol subs vibrating the boot :)

 

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