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Battery dead therefore trunk won't open

Not even using the key.
The manual says using the master key I should be able to open it. But the master key doesn't even go in which is really weird. the cuts look identical. I wonder if it is actually I researched called a "valet key"?
Anyway, besides buying a new battery is there a way to open my trunk?
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update. I was able to get a jump and and turned over much to my surprise, thus able to open the trunk.
I was surprised since the battery was so dead nothing was working. Not the odometer, not the alarm, no interior lights.
Phew. I was going to get a new battery (5 years old) but maybe just a charge will suffice.
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If the battery was that dead, its not going to hold a charge very long I bet. I'd get a new battery. 5 years is a good life for a battery.
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You can always put the rear seats down and pull the emergency lever inside the trunk lid if it happens again. I am assuming that you had a prior owner swap out the trunk or the latch is broken inside the lid. Pull it apart and look.


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If the battery was that dead, its not going to hold a charge very long I bet. I'd get a new battery. 5 years is a good life for a battery.
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update. I was able to get a jump and and turned over much to my surprise, thus able to open the trunk.
I was surprised since the battery was so dead nothing was working. Not the odometer, not the alarm, no interior lights.
Phew. I was going to get a new battery (5 years old) but maybe just a charge will suffice.
Good call. I am shopping around tomorrow. Is there a "model" # or specific thing I can look for when browsing? I once bought a battery and they gave me the wrong one. It still worked just not as well and I'd like to be able to confirm.
Checking our Costco first.

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You can always put the rear seats down and pull the emergency lever inside the trunk lid if it happens again. I am assuming that you had a prior owner swap out the trunk or the latch is broken inside the lid. Pull it apart and look.
This model has no emergency lever.
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Then you would have to crawl into the trunk and pull the Phillips screws out of the liner and open manually with your hand, that will be a tough squeeze.


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Not sure on battery size, but the dealer battery I just bought for mine last week was not much more than that one. Might give them a call to ask about sizes and such and price one out that is OEM.


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