2000 Sonata, how to open the trunk lid with a key?

Discussion in 'Hyundai Sonata' started by cwting, May 20, 2005.

  1. cwting

    cwting Guest

    I can’t open my 2000 Hyundai Sonata’s trunk lid only with a key. Do
    you know how to set the trunk lid to make it possible to be opened by
    the key?

    BTW: The trunk lid can be opened by the lid release lever inside the
    cwting, May 20, 2005
  2. It sounds to me like you're trying to open your trunk with the valet
    key. This is identical to a standard key but has two small cutouts at
    the tip. It's intentional to prevent a parking attendent from stealing
    out of the trunk. To complete the treatment, there's a physical toggle
    switch on the trunk latch assembly that prevents the lever by the
    driver's seat from opening the trunk, too.

    When I bought my 2000 Sonata a few months ago, the seller only gave me
    one key -- the valet key. When I thought about it, I realized that with
    only this key, it was possible for me to lock myself out of the trunk if
    I flipped that toggle. In that event, the only way back into the trunk
    would be either with a blowtorch, or by ripping apart a rear seat back.

    I quickly got myself to a Hyundai dealer who made me an original key on
    a computerized key cutter, from a digital pattern. At $12 each, I bought
    two of them.

    A later discussion with a locksmith revealed that the crafty dude is
    able to make a "real" key from the valet key -- the locksmith can
    ascertain how to modify the profile in order to create a standard
    door/ignition key.

    Richard Steinfeld, May 20, 2005
  3. cwting

    cwting Guest

    I cut a key from the Hyundai dealer today, it is the master key for
    my car, but it is still not work. Can I just reset someting in the car
    if I want to open the trunk by a key?
    cwting, May 22, 2005
  4. Does the key turn the lock tumbler -- in other words, can you rotate the
    key in the lock or does it refuse to turn?

    BTW: in the case of my own 2000 Sontat, I had a strange experience that
    was almost the opposite -- the cable release refused to open the latch
    for a day, and then came back to life. I could not determine what made
    it fail, no matter what I tried. This bothers me. Intermittant failures
    are the bane of everyone who fixes things.

    Richard Steinfeld, May 23, 2005
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