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If it takes pulling up on the bottom of the hatch, then it is time to clean your hatch seals (do all of them on the car) and wipe with some silicone lube. It will keep them from sticking like that.

If the latch is just not working, then there is something else going on.
 
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I think enginfineer hit the nail of my problem, just need help fixing it.

My trunk latch won't release. When you hit the button you hear the clunk, I pulled off the center trunk cap and see the little lever go down when I hit the button. After attempting to open, I can press down on my trunk and hear a small click(sound it makes when it locks). I attempted to rip from the trunk body to separate the seal while pressing the button. I think it's free. I put a screwdriver in between the trunk and seals and tried to pry up when I had the lever down on the latch, I wouldn't try this. My guess is that the latch isn't opening up. My question is how does it actually work so I can may pry it open from the inside. I would hate to take this in somewhere to fix it. I would also hate to have to cut it off, but I may end up doing that and getting a new latch. I hit it with a ton of WD-40 in hopes that it will eventually open up, maybe i'll hit it a few times with a hammer. oh yeah, to do all of this, I pulled the interior panel off.

Any thoughts?

thank you in advance.

2008 scion tc
 

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I am having a similar issue. Right now my lock is not budging to open the hatch no matter what, and I am seeing what I need to do to open it. It's way past the open with screwdriver inside the car, that isn't doing anything. It's just stuck locked. I am assuming I just may need a new latch, and I assume that over 17 years it's gotten beat up and may just be smashed or bent closed.


I will try to update this if I can figure it out, but right now it's seeing if I can hold the lock mechanism in the open position and possibly come from underneath and see if I can open it with a screwdriver to pry into the open unlatched position.
 

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I am having a similar issue. Right now my lock is not budging to open the hatch no matter what, and I am seeing what I need to do to open it. It's way past the open with screwdriver inside the car, that isn't doing anything. It's just stuck locked. I am assuming I just may need a new latch, and I assume that over 17 years it's gotten beat up and may just be smashed or bent closed.


I will try to update this if I can figure it out, but right now it's seeing if I can hold the lock mechanism in the open position and possibly come from underneath and see if I can open it with a screwdriver to pry into the open unlatched position.
I have a 2007 Scion same deal with the hatch and yeah it's extremely frustrating when you go grocery shopping but I took the middle panel off and put my finger on the little lever and push it and use my shoulders at the same time to push up on the hatch and it opens. All summer no problem but as soon as it gets cold out problem starts all over again
 

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I have a 2007 Scion same deal with the hatch and yeah it's extremely frustrating when you go grocery shopping but I took the middle panel off and put my finger on the little lever and push it and use my shoulders at the same time to push up on the hatch and it opens. All summer no problem but as soon as it gets cold out problem starts all over again
The mechanism sounds like need more cleaning and new lubs.
 
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