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1997 trunk lock broken, backseats locked, what next

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I am trying to bring this nice car back from being abandoned. The trunk lock release by drivers seat, doesn't release trunk, backseats locked upright, key pushes on something,  a quarter turn to the right only. Does not pop the trunk. I greased where the key slips in. It is a bit easier to turn now and pops back to the upright position, once it is traveling in that direction. Then I noticed that the ignition key, goes all the way into the key opening on the ignition, but does not go all the way in on the trunk lock. Could that be something to do with the issue?  Also is turning it to the right the correct direction and how far should it turn to open the trunk? I wonder which is the best way into the trunk if the key never works. Would it work to take the bolts out that are holding the bottom of the verticle part of the back seat? Would I have enough room to somehow release them from the trunk hold downs? Thanks very much.

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Just a guess, but maybe the key you are using is the "valet key", that works the doors and ignition, but not the trunk or glove box.

Go to the Mazda dealer, show them proof of ownership and the VIN, and they can cut you a new key for a few dollars.

(And I think a quarter turn to the right is correct for opening the trunk. Not sure though, because I don't have my 626 any more.)

I think my guess might be right. Check this thread:

 

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Unless you have the Imobilizer system than  extra heffy bill to get a key and programed.

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great idea..... I'll call up Mazda parts and see about a trunk key. I never had a trunk before (only station wagons and pick up trucks), so it didn't cross my mind. Thanks....

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I just downloaded an owners manual. It's a 1997 and I think that there is a lever with a wire to open the trunk. There is the 'gas door' opener and another lever beside, with the identifier latch missing, but I tracked 2 cables heading under the back set towards the back.I didn't look under the dash either, but I'll do that in the morning also. thanks

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neddy: it's not a "trunk key" you need (there isn't one). You need a "Master key" (one that works everything, including the trunk). What you are using now (if my guess is right) is the "valet key", which works the doors and ignition but not the trunk. (It's so you can leave your key with the hotel valet, to park your car, while your luggage is locked safely in the trunk.)

That second lever is for opening the trunk. But if the trunk latch has been locked inside (by the previous owner), you can't use that lever and wire to open the trunk. That's the whole point of having a valet key system. You can only open the trunk with the master key.

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Thanks. Yes, it makes total sense now that the latch won't work for the trunk, as a valet could still get into it.  I'm going to see about a proper key ( I had the key made by the key code from the dealer) this morning and if I already have that one, I guess I will take the back seat out. There is a sketch in the online manual that show how the seat is clipped in on the trunk side, so I might be able to get that it to release with a short flat bar with a bend to catch the latch, or just unbolt the seat at the bottom and see if that will give it enough wiggle room to get in there.... and release the seat. .... then release the added trunk lock, then...... we'll see if the truck will let go. I'll let you know what happens, in case it is ever useful for anyone else to know. Thanks again :)

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