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post #1 of 8 Old 05-16-2019, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Ignition key won't open trunk ?

Long story short....1995 dodge spirit, non-turbo, 2.5 efi. original key was lost. I have 2 all metal keys (not oem and have no rubber shoulder), which work fine in the ignition, but will not open the trunk. Any obvious reason for it to work in ignition, but not the trunk? And no, trunk lock cylinder was not changed.

Dad had another new key cut (not oem) with the proper "code" ?? but again, no worky in the trunk ?
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Those were the days that they offered a valet key (which is what you have) which only operated the ignition but prevented access to anything needed to be kept secure in the trunk. That means the trunk release inside the car also would have featured a key lock so it could be defeated and prevent access to trunk from inside.

Not sure if any dealers would still be able to determine and cut the correct “master” key to replace the one you lost....,
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Its also possible that the key is right but one or more tumbler in the lock are sticky. Spray some pb blaster in the lock and run the key in and out a dozen times
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Re: Ignition key won't open trunk ?

I have the same issue with my Spirit. It only came with the valet key. I took my registration to a local Chrysler dealer and had them cut a key based on the vin. It didn't work though. I plan on pulling the truck lock cylinder and having a locksmith change it to fit my current key, I also bought NOS key blanks to get cut and have a proper key again.
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Re: Ignition key won't open trunk ?

The "Valet" key will also not open the glove box if it is locked.

I used to be hardcore on keeping everything factory/stock when the car was new and I was younger but at this point in my life I like/want simple and easy

IMO, the easiest thing to do (less hassles, less headaches) is replace the key cylinder in the trunk, yes you will have two separate keys which I have anyway because I had to replace the ignition key cylinder.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...cylinder,10597

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Re: Ignition key won't open trunk ?

these issues are what you get when you start using one of general motors bright ideas

no need for a valet key with the old ignition key / round trunk , glove box key

if/when you get the trunk open I'd look at the lock , find out which notch or bump on the original key would open the trunk and simply remove that particular tumbler and spring out of the cylinder .. if it comes apart

now every key you cut for it should work ..

issue's the lock , not the key
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Re: Ignition key won't open trunk ?

The difference between the Valet and regular key is the width. You can make either key from the other. Depends on the blank. If one compares the keys, they look identical.
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Re: Ignition key won't open trunk ?

If you can removed the locks, this is how I solved having multiple cars and keys, and now having one key for all:
https://www.turbododge.com/forums/f3...witch-how.html
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