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CajunRider was an extreme help...both times my trunk got stuck.

I am glad i was able to get my trunk open...shortly afterwards the cheap CHEAP plastic latch broke completely. So now I have to order a new one...and figure out how to install it

here are the pics. CAjunRider you are a lifesaver 2 times.


this is the passenger side...stick it in towards center (preferably with something harder than a plastic knife.

pull towards the passenger side like a lever

pop down the seat!

crawl through and open trunk with emergency latch.
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ok, i have 06 Civic coupe. I know lately i've sorta crammed some laundry baskets and other junk in my trunk almost to capacity. maybe this damaged it somehow.

but yesterday it seemed fine. today I press the button and i can hear the trunk clicking inside, but nothing opens. I try pulling on the trunk while pressing button and nothing.

I tried the lever on the side of my seat and it pulls up but nothing "catches". again, nothing happens with the trunk...just the same clicking noise..

I know that my trunk is not full right now and there shouldn't be anything caught in between or anything.... I tried stopping abruptly while driving forward and backwards to see if it would shake anything loose. still nothing.

the only thing abnormal from yesterday was, because my trunk was pretty full, when I pressed the button the door only opened part way because a laundry basket had caught something...but i was able to manually open the door. hopefully I can get this open!

what to do?

No, I don't have the valet lock on. I've tried locking and unlocking many times. it's not that.

I'm out of warrantee- i called the dealer and of course they want me to bring it in.

I"ve called locksmith--nothing he can really do. he advised me to put weight on the trunk while trying to open it.

the only thing is...how do I fold down the back seats? the only levers are in the trunk...so I can't fold down the back seats! :'(


i've tried putting pressure on my trunk and tried pulling up or pushing forward while pressing the open button....

sigh...there is no key hole in the trunk for EX and Si models.

ive taken most of the bottom seat cushion off, and that doesn't seem like it will lead anywhere either.

there has GOT to be a way to fold the seats without getting INTO the trunk.

what if a kid gets stuck in the trunk? and doesn't know how to push the little button on the inside?!

or a pet?

your kid plays a prank and locks your pet inside your trunk...and it gets jammed.....what then?!

help!!!!!!!!!!

will the dealership be able to do ANYTHING?

thank you for your help.
 

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You could try pushing the trunk DOWN...to seat it firmly, and then unlock/pull on the trunk. If that doesn't work, it looks like other owners have had to unscrew the back seat enough to get a hand in there - although it doesn't look like getting it open takes care of the problem, the lock itself may need attention.
yeah, people advised me to do this, and i tried for over an hour. wiggling the trunk. putting my whole weight and bouncing on the car up and down (200lbs of fat) all while pressing the button or having someone pull the lever repeatedly.

So, there are other people who have had this issue?!!!!!!!???????????

I am so stressed... so I tried taking the back seat cushion (bottom part - seat). and the middle part seems like it won't come off...also there seems to be a lot of wiring going across down there so I don't want to yank anything off.....

I don't know if that'd help ...the seat back seems like it's securely on there.

THat might work--taking off the speaker deck thing.....

CAn you guess how much a dealer will charge me to get this fixed? I HOPE less than $100.... i can't afford much rigth now.
 

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Hmm, did you try pulling up on the trunk latch by your driver's seat? You didn't say but I'm assuming you obviously did lol. You say you didn't use the valet lock, well go get your valet key anyways and lock and unlock it, then pull up on the lever by the driver's seat and or press your trunk button on your remote, see if that works.

If nothing is working, then it means your trunk lid latch assembly connector has been disconnected (it's a connector cable that runs to and plugs up to your latch, it is how you're able to remotely unlatch your trunk lid, as well as providing the function to unlatch you trunk by pulling the lever by your seat). It could have possibly been knocked out of place or loosened by all of that stuff in your trunk...Either that, or the connector to your latch assembly has a discontinuity and needs to be replaced.
what do you mean valet key.... hmm. i thought you lock it with your normal key that you use to start the car.... it turns anways. and when I lock it, then i can't pull the lever on the side of my car anymore...

is there another valet lock? If so, i've never even touched it...
 

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i don;t get what the point of a valet lock is.....if you're locking your trunk....but the valet guy who has your key can simply unlock it next to the lever for the trunk release....

thank you for pointing me to this thread: Honda-Tech.com: Honda Civic (2006 - Current): 06 Civic trunk won't pop open!

I"m gonna try to do what this guy did.... unscrew the backseat enough so that I can stick my hand far enough to get the backseat release levers.... sounds tough. I dunno how to unscrew the backseat...

I imagine he's talkinga bout the 40/60 split area where you can stick your hand in.
 

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ah i get it.

so I just went out and looked and it's gonna be a huge pain to unscrew part of the seat. I think I would have to take the seat cushion completely off. . the only part i was able to peel off was a little part of the bottom.........and i could see several bots for the seat frame....

the 40/60 split.....I can barely even fit my hand in there..... *sigh*
 

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thank you all. I think i'm gonna do the subwoofer solution first. seems like the easiest thing to do without messing anything up.

I wonder though...once I take the subwoofer cap off.... what if the emergency release doens't work?

will i be able to reach to the seat fold down release latches?

thanks a million all.
 

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i had the same problem, the trunk would not open with the remote or the mauel lever by the driver seat. I believe the trunk release actuator went out. I had to take it to the dealer and they had to remove the rear seats to get to the manual release in the trunk. I know it sucks because I had to wait a couple of days to get it, and I had some important stuff in the trunk. Good luck!
How much did the dealership charge you to fix it? do you remember? approximately.
 

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hey this happened to me too, all you gotta do is pull the bottom back seat out (2 10mm botlts i think) and the passenger rear plastic interior piece to reach the side bolt on the back seat that lets it hinge down. then you can reach your arm inside to pull the cable that releases the rear seats. then you can crawl in you trunk and hit the glow in the dark trunk release, done.
can you explain this in more detail please?

pull bottom back seat out? so the part where you sit on right? It seems to be firmly connected to the middle area, so I can't seem to pull the bottom part out at all. like maybe a bunch of wires or something going through...

so, where are these two 10mm bolts? I seem to only be able to pull the cloth/padding off of the bottom part of the seat (back).


so you don't have to touch the seat back? you just need to get in from the Bottom of the seats after removing the bottom part of the seat and this plastic interior piece?

is the plastic interior piece you are talking about ...is it that plate under the seat? (where you sit on). on the left bottom corner of the picture.

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not the seat back releases, the emergency release is GITD
Alas,
I tried prying the subwoofer cover during lunch to no avail. it's in there really good and it's damaging the rest of the cover to pry a flathead screwdriver in there.

i don't care too much, but is there an easier way to do it?

there's not much room to dig the screwdriver in and little leverage to pry it off.

I was thinking maybe I could drill a couple holes in the cover carefully and then yank the cover off (damaging just the cover).

I could later replace the cover or just go without...i have really dark tint and the middle head rest covers it up.....



that video of the LED brake light only applies if you have the seat folded down... :(

Please help!
 

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i don't know what i'd do without a car... can't really afford to pay for much right now..like a rental, etc. i've talked to a couple dealerships and it doesn't seem like they're gonna do it for free. gonna charge around 2 hours of labor most likely D:
 

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i have almost 50k miles. i'll be at 2 years in August.

It's not stuffed full of crap is the thing. I took out a lot of it the night before and i thought it was fine.

I think by somewhat forcing the trunk to close when I had a lot of stuff may have damaged some of the internals or jammed it some how.
 

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OK, so I'm an impatient mofo.

I finally managed to pry open the subwoofer cover. I see the subwoofer in there... and it looks like it may not fit (not come out), and looks like there are 2 screws (only in the front) that are holding it down.

any advice you can give me on taking the subwoofer out?

I already know I'm gonna need a shorter screwdriver. Once I get the subwoofer out, I'm home free?



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no, i had to pry out the subwoofer cover. I already have it off.

I'm talking about the subwoofer itself. I'm hoping the front 2 screws are all i need to take off to remove it completely.

any screws in the back would be impossible to take off b/c of the slanted windshield.
 

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thanks a lot man. I hope to get this done by tonight! I am itching to get my stuff in there. tennis racquets for my tournament this weekend... clean underwear and socks...lol
 

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sigh.. so I took off subwoofer cover and took out the only 2 visible screws on the woofer...and it won't budge. sigh.


cajun rider would it be okay if I called u? I am hard of understanding written instructions..
 
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