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Well, it was time for my Elise trunk latch/key mechanism to malfunction. Key is turning with no effect. Checked previous threads on the topic. No luck unlocking the trunk. According to Toronto Gentry Lane’s experienced Lotus mechanics you could try lifting the flexible engine cover a little and slide your skinny hand inside, reach for the latch and/or cable and pull it. Usually works. Not this time. So they removed part of the rear engine cover grill plastics, and by using a small mirror and some tools were able to reach to the mechanism and release it. Big shout-out to Colin and Brian. There was a broken spring inside the mechanism, decided to replace the entire latch mechanism that was delivered from the U.S overnight. Great service and expertise.
 
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