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Old 12-06-2014, 01:29 AM   #1
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I dislike the fact that the trunk can be opened by anyone simply by pressing the button on the center console. A crook or any thief can get into the trunk way too easily by getting into the car and pressing the trunk release button and grab whatever you have in the trunk, especially now around Christmas time when we are out shopping and have packages in the trunk.


How can the Trunk Release Button in the center console be disabled?


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You should get an alarm system, best investment ever.


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Simple if it's that big of a deal (not to sure why it is) but whatever.
Unplug it. Pull the center console up, and unplug the connection.

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Lol wtf. I think most cars have a button like that. Cant you just pull out the back seats to get into the trunk?

Pull out the center console and cut the wire...then tape it off so it doesnt mess around.
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Unplug it. Pull the center console up, and unplug the connection.

I want to only disable the Trunk Release.

If I unplug it, it will disable the Hazard Flashers, and the Traction Control On/Off button.


How do I disable just the Trunk Release?


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Other than cutting the wire, how else can it be disabled?

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When you get out the car to shop, unconnect the battery. That might work.
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That's the only way I know of. Anyways like I said no reason, pretty pointless. If they break into your car, I seriously doubt the trunk is what they are looking for.


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The connector is connected to all three? If its a separate button it should have its own connector. Other than cutting the wire, I guess google a wiring diagram and follow the wire to the trunk or module and disconnect it there.
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The connector is connected to all three? If its a separate button it should have its own connector. Other than cutting the wire, I guess google a wiring diagram and follow the wire to the trunk or module and disconnect it there.
It's all one connector. You have to either disconnect the battery or cut/de-pin the wire. There's no point though because they can just fold down the back seat and get into the trunk that way.

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Thieves are lazy, they are less likely to ever go to the trouble to crawl through the back seats. They just want the easy targets that are very quick to grab and go. Pushing the button and grabbing packages out of the trunk is very quick and easy, and the thieves will be gone very quickly.

Same with an alarm, it can make noise, but packages can be stolen from the trunk in a flash.

Thieves are on the lookout this time of year and watching what you put in the trunk, and will follow you with you never suspecting a thing.

I am in Houston, and thieves are on the move here, especially this time of year... We are easy prey.

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Maybe there's a specific fuse for the trunk release that you can pull. Only problem would be that your key fob more than likely wouldn't pop the trunk either. Not really an easy way to do this that I can see other than de-pinning the wires for the release on the connector.

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Wire in a toggle switch. Hide the switch under the dash somewhere. Problem solved.

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They allow you to do it with the convertible, not sure why they just didn't include it on all models.

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Cut the wires back at the trunk lock. But that may disable your key fob.
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disable the thieves that should fix the problem
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Wire in a toggle switch. Hide the switch under the dash somewhere. Problem solved.

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or buy the convertible, like i did.
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I suggest a momentary contact switch in line with the wire from the PB. That way you don't have to remember it, you just need to push it with the trunk release button. a simple hide job will deter the avg thief. I will say on mine with the factory alarm (NO I/R sensor) if you hit the button it shuts off that part of the alarm. Do know that but the time they press the release they are already in your car.
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This is all silly. Even with the electric button disabled, all the thief would have to do to get in the trunk is pull one of the rear seat fold down release tabs. False security. Ford should relocate the rear seat releases to inside the trunk.
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This is all silly. Even with the electric button disabled, all the thief would have to do to get in the trunk is pull one of the rear seat fold down release tabs. False security. Ford should relocate the rear seat releases to inside the trunk.

Unless you have a convertible. Besides the page in the manual I posted earlier about how our switches disable, our rear seats do not fold down either. Sounds like in some areas the convertible is more secure. Who would have thought?


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Last night, reading this post, I thought... "It isn't a problem". Well, I thought about this post as I Saturday phone down driving down the freeway and heard "clunk" and the car reminded me that the trunk was now ajar. Lol. Yeah, horrible spot.


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Unless you have a convertible. Besides the page in the manual I posted earlier about how our switches disable, our rear seats do not fold down either. Sounds like in some areas the convertible is more secure. Who would have thought?e
Until the same lazy thieves realize they can just cut the top open with a knife reach in and unlock it. Much like they did to my fathers car, $2k to replace too
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Until the same lazy thieves realize they can just cut the top open with a knife reach in and unlock it. Much like they did to my fathers car, $2k to replace too

Well, I never said convertibles were all around more secure than hardtops, and I would be living with my head in the sand if I thought so. Just meant that we don't have rear seats that fold down and Ford also added the lockout on our trunk releases. Knock on wood, I have been driving ragtops since 1991 and never had a top slashed, car broke into, or anything stolen while parked with the top down.


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Well, I never said convertibles were all around more secure than hardtops, and I would be living with my head in the sand if I thought so. Just meant that we don't have rear seats that fold down and Ford also added the lockout on our trunk releases. Knock on wood, I have been driving ragtops since 1989 and never had a top slashed, car broke into, or anything stolen while parked with the top down.
Oh yeah no doubt, I agree with you 100% they do seem to have a lot more security features than the hard tops for sure. Just that one fatal flaw with the cloth top lol
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Oh yeah no doubt, I agree with you 100% they do seem to have a lot more security features than the hard tops for sure. Just that one fatal flaw with the cloth top lol

It is surprising that people don't get their tops slashed more often.


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Easy solution to that, I never lock my verts and don't leave anything in view I can't live without. If the doors are locked and they want in they will slash in.
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Easy solution to that, I never lock my verts and don't leave anything in view I can't live without. If the doors are locked and they want in they will slash in.
My dad leaves his doors unlocked too some one just really wanted him to have a bad day haha
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Since you don't want to disable the system, I suggest removing the wire at the switch (there will be a small tab that the wire connects to on the bottom of it)

Re-wire it to a second switch that you put in the glovebox. That you can lock. That's usually where it went as well in most cars until yuppies all started whining about how hard it was to find the button.
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Since you don't want to disable the system, I suggest removing the wire at the switch (there will be a small tab that the wire connects to on the bottom of it)

Re-wire it to a second switch that you put in the glovebox. That you can lock. That's usually where it went as well in most cars until yuppies all started whining about how hard it was to find the button.

Can you lock glovebox on a 2014? There is no lock on 2012. Wish there was one.


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