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How to Open a Jammed Trunk Latch on a Toyota Corolla

Updated February 21, 2017

The Toyota Corolla is a reliable and well-made car, but it can develop problems. The boot latch can become stuck if something gets stuck in it or if it gets damaged in a crash. You then are stuck with an unusable boot if the latch will not release. However there is a quick way to unjam a boot latch so that you can use the boot to access the rear of your Toyota Corolla.

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  1. Drive the Toyota Corolla somewhere out of traffic. Park it in your driveway or garage preferably, though this repair can be done in an empty paring lot. Put the Toyota Corolla into Park and engage the parking brake to keep it steady while you work on it. Turn the car off and exit the driver's seat of the Toyota Corolla.

  2. Enter the rear of the Toyota Corolla and pull down the rear seat. The rear seat will have a latch at the top that disengages the seat back from the front of the boot. Fold the seat all the way down and crawl into the boot of the Toyota Corolla. Turn on your flashlight so that you can see.

  3. Pry the latch claw out of the bottom U-bolt. Remove any debris clogging the latch with a pair of pliers first. Slide the flat head screwdriver in between the latch claw and U-bolt. Pry the latch claw out from the U-bolt by using the flat head screwdriver as a lever. Push up on the boot lid from inside once the latch claw is free of the U-bolt. If the latch claw is stuck because of damage, then use a hammer to tap the flat head screwdriver for additional force.

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Things You'll Need

  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Flashlight
  • Hammer
  • Pliers

About the Author

Harvey Birdman has been writing since 2000 for academic assignments. He has trained in the use of LexisNexus, Westlaw and Psychnotes. He holds a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Administration from the Chicago Kent School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in both political science and psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

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