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Boot jammed shut! Help Please!

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    [Aug 15, 2010]
    I can't get the boot open on my 97 A3, it opened fine yesterday and I've never had a problem, I can here the lock opening and closing but it won't release.

    Help!
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    [Aug 15, 2010]
    push on it really hard to make sure its PROPERLY closed, should able to open it then! i had a similar thing happen on my old a3
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    [Aug 15, 2010]
    Done that loads, it won't budge.
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    Bumped for the weekday crew, I'm still getting nowhere.
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    Do you have an 'open boot' button on your key fob?
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    Are you using the remote to unlock it or the physical key?
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    Tried both, you can here it unlocking through the central locking but when you squeeze the paddles either side of the lock nothing happens.
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    Ok. Have you tried applying some weight to the boot lid (careful where you push down) while trying to open it?
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    Yep, had me and my dad pressing down, no luck.
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    I am not sure if its possible to get to the boot internals from inside the car with the lid shut. Have you looked for access to the lock this way?
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    It certainly doesn't seem to be, I spent an hour in the boot yesterday, I've undone every hex bolt I can see but as you say, the plastic trim panels are still being held in place by things that you can't see until the boot it open. I'm at a loss, it looks like a big garage bill to get it sorted.
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    You might be able to get a terminal screw driver (from the inside the boot) to the lock bit it's self and move the slider/claw manually. Makes sure it is in the unlock position first.

    I had similar problem once, I ended up having to destroy the plastic trim inside the boot to gain access. Holes saws and hack saw blades.... wasn't nice but it works. Then popped up scappy to find a new lock mech and new plastic trim.

    I'm not saying do that, but unfortunately that is the last resort.
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    There are just two philips head screws that im pretty sure you can still get at from inside the car with the boot shut. (they are at the bottom left as you look inside the car) After you've undone those, the trim is just held on by plugs (in a 4 x 2 grid form the lower and around the outside on the upper trim) which just require force to pull off.
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    Got it open but now it wont latch shut!!
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    Sounds like the latch it self, you should be able to move it by hand. Maybe leave the plastic trim off and re close it from the inside.
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    It moves easy enough with a screw driver, I can see the linkage moving when I operate the paddles on the outside. No matter how hard I shut the boot it won't latch but moves perfectly freely otherwise.
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    Mine wouldn't latch. Look at the two rubber bumpers on the end of the boot. I tightened them in a few turns and it locked fine.
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    No rubber bumpers on it!
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    [Aug 16, 2010]
    I'm pretty sure there were some on mine. Could be on the car as opposed to the boot. Like here above the light in the left of the picture
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    Is the problem now the boot wont stay shut?
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