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Old 10-09-2019, 09:50 AM
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Is there a way pick a locked car trunk from the inside?
if you were locked in your car trunk, what tools would you need to escape?

Is there a way to install a trunk release inside a car trunk?
If you could open a car trunk from the inside, the in and out access, would make a carís trunk a living space, where you could hide, take shelter or sleep.
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:03 AM
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All modern cars have a latch release from within the trunk. It's been federal regulations since 2001... where have you been hiding? (not in the trunk! LOL)


If you have a classic car, yes, they have latch kits that replaces the factory original.
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:32 AM
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where have you been hiding? (not in the trunk! LOL)
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You have a specific car in mind? In what capacity are you talking about as far as living out of a trunk? Are you thinking an old gutted car in a junk yard? You could always use the trunk as the doorway, the car itself as a pathway into another living area. Like an underground shelter as shown in the movie Red.


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Old 10-09-2019, 10:56 AM
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for older cars without the emergency release, you just need a pair of pliers. there is a piece of flat stock exposed between the lock cylinder and the latch mechanism you just need to turn. some vehicles may have a cover or liner covering it, some do not. electric trunk openers can simply be jumped with a battery, but they will open manually as well.

best bet is go to a junkyard and look at the vehicle in question to see how the mechanism works.
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All modern cars have a latch release from within the trunk. It's been federal regulations since 2001... where have you been hiding? (not in the trunk! LOL)


If you have a classic car, yes, they have latch kits that replaces the factory original.
Most trunks are designed to not be suitable for holding captives. They expressly dont want people doing that. Like AP said, look for a release, If you cant find a release, kick out one of the taillights and start waving an appendage out. Bet that gets attention.
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He's wanting to live out of the trunk. Wants it locked from the outside and able to open it from the inside.
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He's wanting to live out of the trunk. Wants it locked from the outside and able to open it from the inside.
People need air to breathe. I think this would be dangerous.
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Sleeping in the trunk would be the last place I would choose.
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People need air to breathe. I think this would be dangerous.
Umm....I don't think any car trunk is THAT air tight.

On most cars, it's easiest to kick out the rear seat and go that direction. But "escaping" the trunk doesn't seem to be the idea here.
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Most trunks are designed to not be suitable for holding captives. They expressly dont want people doing that. Like AP said, look for a release, If you cant find a release, kick out one of the taillights and start waving an appendage out. Bet that gets attention.
Not all cars have the taillights directly accessible from inside the trunk. They often sit in a metal pocket in the body held in with a couple screws. So even undoing the screws won't get you access to the outside.
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Umm....I don't think any car trunk is THAT air tight.

On most cars, it's easiest to kick out the rear seat and go that direction. But "escaping" the trunk doesn't seem to be the idea here.
Of course they are air tight. They have to be to keep rain spray out.
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Of course they are air tight. They have to be to keep rain spray out.
No they do that with properly designed gaskets that channel the water away from the trunk lid.

Drive your car with its "air tight" trunk over MILES of dusty roads and see what happens.
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During a torrential storm, I accidentally drove into water in an underpass that came up to the car windows. destroyed the engine from hydrolock.

police pushed the vehicle to the shallow part after I sat there for about 10 minutes.

No water got into the car.

Dodge charger.
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Of course they are air tight. They have to be to keep rain spray out.

Water tight isn't air tight.


Also....You DO realize there is an entire inside wall that connects to the rear seat? Some are even designed with a seat that folds down out of the way.

No seals there.

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During a torrential storm, I accidentally drove into water in an underpass that came up to the car windows. destroyed the engine from hydrolock.

police pushed the vehicle to the shallow part after I sat there for about 10 minutes.

No water got into the car.

Dodge charger.

If you had opened the door, so the water got over the rear seat, the water would have gotten to the trunk.
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Water tight isn't air tight.


Also....You DO realize there is an entire inside wall that connects to the rear seat? Some are even designed with a seat that folds down out of the way.

No seals there.




If you had opened the door, so the water got over the rear seat, the water would have gotten to the trunk.
you just like to argue.

The passenger cabin is not an unlimited fresh air supply either. So a porous back seat will only give you another hour or 2 of air. But if it makes you feel better, go inside a trunk, close the lid and be happy.
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IF CARS were airtight you would see them floating down the rivers instead of under them when people are trying to get rid of them. Every four or five years we would get a strong wind blowing in the right direction and one of the rivers would drop 4-6 feet and you could see the cars that were on the bottom.

If they were airtight you would have to crack a window when closing the door otherwise the pressure would blow out your eardrums.

Some have better seals than others but they all SINK The only dead bodies found in trunks are mob hits.

If you couldn't get out and were parked in a place in the sun on a hot day you could probably overheat like kid car cooking, but you are not gonna run out of breathable air.

If water can get in air can get in.

IF they were airtight they would be used as weapons. "Yeah.. I offed the kid...I put him in the trunk of the car." "Did you shoot him or stab him?" "What for? Why get blood all over? I let the airless trunk kill him."
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you just like to argue.

The passenger cabin is not an unlimited fresh air supply either. So a porous back seat will only give you another hour or 2 of air. But if it makes you feel better, go inside a trunk, close the lid and be happy.
ALL cars built since the 60's have flow through ventilation to prevent any buildup of carbon monoxide. They are not air tight.
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I’m quite confused, as I’d have to be very dead to be locked in a vehicle trunk in the first place.

Edit: Oh, just reread the OP, whom is considering making a vehicle trunk some type of temp living space.

That’s just such a bad idea, I’ll circle back with my initial response...
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I can't sit upright in any vehicle but a Ford. I think they have a tall guy in charge of design. OP must be very small.
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