How to open a stuck Gen 1 Maxima trunk?

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How to open a stuck Gen 1 Maxima trunk?

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Post by goglio704 » 12 years ago

The trunk lid on my silver Maxima is stuck. The car was rear ended pretty hard by a semi truck. Neither the key or the inside release will work. The key won't turn, but the lock is undamaged - at least from the outside.

Other than brute force and awkwardness, how would I get in? IIRC the rear seats are retained from inside the trunk, so that won't work. I suppose I could cut an access hole in the lid since it is ruined anyway. I thought somebody might have another idea. I've got nothing better to do. Sitting here medicated and all.

:roll:
Matt B.

83 Maxima Sedan, LD28, 5 speed, white, 130k miles. My original Maxima.
83 Maxima Sedan converted from gasser, LD28, 5 speed, 2 tone blue, 230k miles
82 Maxima Sedan, LD28, 3 speed auto, 2 tone Gray/Silver, 140k miles
81 810 Sedan, LD28, 3 speed auto, rust, rust, and more rust!

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Post by Dr. Jones » 12 years ago

If I remember correctly I took out the bottom of the seat (butt part) and then released two bolts and lifted it out. I have a 82 sedan. I like your idea better though. Whatever car I took the backseat out of, to get into the trunk, it was a pain.
'82 Maxima Sedan x2
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Post by kassim503 » 12 years ago

oh no, did the quarter panels crease?

When hooligans popped my trunk lock, i rememberd they ripped the lock out and the lock was simply connected to a rod which opened the trunk. You could try popping the lock and doing that, but it is very destructive on the lock and breaking it makes a easy job become a pita.
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Post by goglio704 » 12 years ago

Nope, it didn't hurt the quarter panels, and it didn't break the tail lights. At least not from what I can tell. The trunk lid, bumper, and panel that holds the license plate are all damaged. There was something on the truck's bumper that protruded. It made contact just left of the license plate and shoved that panel in. Had it not been for that protrusion, the damage might have been confined to the bumper. I have to take some pics anyway. I'll post 'em up eventually.
Matt B.

83 Maxima Sedan, LD28, 5 speed, white, 130k miles. My original Maxima.
83 Maxima Sedan converted from gasser, LD28, 5 speed, 2 tone blue, 230k miles
82 Maxima Sedan, LD28, 3 speed auto, 2 tone Gray/Silver, 140k miles
81 810 Sedan, LD28, 3 speed auto, rust, rust, and more rust!

2005 Jeep Liberty CRD

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Post by kassim503 » 12 years ago

Matt, did you ever get your trunk open?

On another note, but is a stuck trunk. A friend of mine acquired a nice 86 Buick Regal, only thing is that the trunk is stuck. Key goes in, key turns, linkage appears to have popped off, much like the linkage on the drivers side door handle. Is there any way of me getting the trunk to open without drilling or cutting? This one is way too clean to be choppin holes into
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227K SOLD 6/7/2012

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Post by asavage » 12 years ago

kassim503 wrote:86 Buick Regal, only thing is that the trunk is stuck. Key goes in, key turns, linkage appears to have popped off. Is there any way of me getting the trunk to open without drilling or cutting?
No. Drill the lock, punch out the back of the lock housing,use a screwdriver to operate the latch. If you're lucky, the latch still works.

This is a problem primarily with the power trunk release versions.
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1982 Maxima diesel wagon, 2nd & 4th owner, 165k miles, rusty & burgundy/grey. Purchased 1996, SOLD 16Feb10
1983 Maxima diesel wagon, 199k miles, rusty, light yellow/light brown. SOLD 14Jul07
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Post by goglio704 » 12 years ago

I finally got the trunk lid open. I turned the key as hard as I dared while rattling the lid up and down as far as it would go. The key finally turned, but it didn't operate the latch. It did free up the inside latch when the key turned, and now I can open the trunk. Apparently, the damage to the trunk lid had cause the lock to become disengaged from the latch and jam the latch at the same time. With the lock cylinder removed, I can access the trunk using the inside release...or by sticking my finger in the lock hole. Classy. :roll: :evil:
Matt B.

83 Maxima Sedan, LD28, 5 speed, white, 130k miles. My original Maxima.
83 Maxima Sedan converted from gasser, LD28, 5 speed, 2 tone blue, 230k miles
82 Maxima Sedan, LD28, 3 speed auto, 2 tone Gray/Silver, 140k miles
81 810 Sedan, LD28, 3 speed auto, rust, rust, and more rust!

2005 Jeep Liberty CRD

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