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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-06-2019, 09:15 AM
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Thank you all. The car towed to the mechanic. I am waiting to hear what they can do about opening the trunk. I want to add that emergency trunk opener. Where exactly does the hole go and how big? I can get them to put one in for me. What sort of repair is involved in the cable repair? They have worked on my Alfa before. I am not close to an Alfa mechanic; the nearest one is in Baltimore.
I can get the details this evening. I think I have a 3/8 or 1/2 inch hole. I then used a rubber hole plug to seal it up. Because it is behind the license plate, none of this is visible.

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Isn't there a hole in the trunk floor directly under the latch? Using thick coat hanger wire with the end bent into a hook, the latch can be pulled open. I seem to recall doing this to one of my cars (old BMW or Toyota, maybe the spider) but it is a PITA because the hole is so small you can either get the hook in or you can see what you are doing, but not both at the same time.
The alternative is the hole behind the license plate.
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Replacing the cable is extremely easy, but it may have just came loose or is so loose that it is not pulling the latch fully. I would really start by taking of the pillar plate by the drivers door and take a look-see....
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Before you go drilling any holes, I will take some pictures later today or tomorrow of my solution and post them.

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just drill a small hole behind the license plate, flip trunk open and then use that hole to feed an emergency trunk cable through. Tape the end of said emergency cable to the body behind the plate, put back the plate.

...'cause I never found that hole in the trunk floor, that is supposed to be there!

'and Bob's your uncle', as we say this side of the pond

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Before you go drilling any holes, I will take some pictures later today or tomorrow of my solution and post them.

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Here are a couple pictures of the mysthical hole in the floor of the trunk. It is actually under the structure that holds the trunk latching mechanism. The first is from the top of the mechanism and the second is from under the car. The hole is, of course, right in the centre (left-right) to line up with the mechanism between the exhuast pipe and spare tire well.

Actually it was a good thing I crawled under my car. The rust proofing has pulled away from the spare tire well. Another task on the list
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Thanks for the pics! I have not had to deal with a hood or trunk lock out but it is nice to know that access is there! Gonna check it out in case I ever need it.....
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Here is my solution which does not require the drilling of holes, no removing of the license plate, etc. I bought a bicycle brake cable and housing from Walmart ($6.99, free shipping https://www.walmart.com/ip/Brake-Cab...able/167501963). I ran the end with the round cable head underneath the fuel filler, then followed the original cable routing but made sure it was tie wrapped down to where the housing wouldn't move. I cut the cable housing short of the trunk latch but left the cable itself a few inches longer. I ran the cable through the latch mechanism but left it about an inch longer than where it goes through the latch. I then crimped the end. If the primary cable fails, all I have to do is pull on the round end under the fuel fill and it will release the trunk. If you have a locking fuel door you could leave it longer and wrap it around the filler. Mine is an early S2 so the fuel door doesn't lock. With the left over cable you can do the same thing with the hood release. I had to drill a hole in the grommet that has the original hood release cable. Be sure and leave it long enough to where you can retrieve it under the hood, and make sure it doesn't get close to your fuse box.
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Thanks for sharing! Gotta get around to this before I get locked out too...
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