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man, this is one of the easiest and practical things you can put in your scort. go to a junkyard and get the switch and wires that release the gas door and trunk lid, and throw 'em n your scort if you don't have any already! it works perfect:

it took me about 2hrs to accomplish, and the time that it took was mostly for disassembling and reassembling my interior to get to the trunk latch and behind the gas tank opening.

all it is, are two wires that have balls at the end that when you pull the switch, the ball will be pulled back. simple. then you figure out what goes where, and bam! it's done.

and for where the wires and pullswicthes go, they already have spots for them. there are little fasteners for the wires to slip right in that are empty waiting for something to go there. they will run the lenght of your car.

for the switches themselves, by the driver's seat, on the floor, there's a hole (kinda like a tunnel) that the pullswitches go and screw into place. then for cutting through the carpet, there are already dots for you to follow when cutting through.

it just can't get any more simple than that.

you can get one from between a '91 and '93 escort sedan or coupe.
 

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I was actually wondering about this myself but I have a '97 lx.

It has the key fob that opens the truck and will lock or unlock only the drivers side door. (The locks in the rest of the car are manual, as are the windows) Personally I think its a good idea for a car that really only hauls me around, and keeps the price down overall.

Anyway, there is no interior trunk release mechanism at all, but I know there has to be a receiver and a solenoid all wired up because of the remote. And I would just push the button from in the car (which I do) but it wont work if the key is in the igniton (for obvious reasons)

So does anyone know how to rig something up? Or am I totally cracked out here?

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i don't know a whole lot about the 3rd generation escorts. to me, it sounds like you're asking me about that remote that comes with the car sometimes that has the panic button and everything?

from what i've seen, it looks like the 3rd gen scorts are a little bit more high-tech than the previous scorts. the new ones i believe rely on a fuse or something, because the battery has to be on when you want to relase your trunk. you can get one from a ZX2 or an SE in any junkyard. i would assume that, that is just as easy to install as the trunk/gas relase for the 2nd gen escorts.

but if you figure it out, be sure to post it up!
 

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It is real easy. The 2ng gen is cable type, but the 3rd gen is electric. You just put a pushbutton anywhere in the dash, and bring power to the button, then out of the button to the solenoid on the trunklid and your'e done! It's way easier than having to do the cable thing in the 2nd gen.
One thing I did in my 93 EGT was wire up the "hatch ajar" light. It was in the instrument cluster not being used so I used it. All I needed to do was run a wire from the switch in the hatch(that controls the cargo light) to the warning light.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys.

But yes, I was talking about that little remote thing that has a panic button. Its really a pretty neat option I think to have it work on just one door and the trunk, but still have all manual locks and whatnot.

Thanks for the idea Brad! Ill have to do some playing around with it once the weather decides not to suck here and I can spend a few minutes near my car without getting rained/snowed on.

Thanks again!

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it was't all that difficult. i had to pull out the majority of the interior paneling on the driver's side. including the door sill, seat, and even in the trunk area. you will also need to get under the carpeting so plan ahead accordingly. the wires are at the perfect length so they can be run along the floor and lower wall by way of these little fastenters where the wires can just click into place. they are already empty and big enough to fit all the wires.

it was mostly common sense on what goes where. but a good way to figure it out was to first take the wires off of a donor car.

oh yeah, don't forget the gas tank door. the ones for this are flush with the exterior. odds are you'll need to get it painted. but the old standard door will still work fine in the meantime.
 

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gas dorr and trunk........

Clarkbug , check down near your hood release . there should be a spot ( possibly a button ) there for the trunk release button . This should work with the key on or off , if its there . The remote works if the key is off , (at least according to my 2002 ) . my car has all door locks and full power windows ,so there may be a differance in the set up . I also have a manual release inside of the trunk as a safety item . All factory stock .
Thats all I can contrbute , hopefully it will be of some small value
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EZH -

Yeah, I dont have any kind of button for the truck inside the car at all. Its only on the key fob that came with the car (I bought my 'scort used with 101k on it). I dont have any manual release for the trunk, or power anything, aside from the drivers' side door lock (also on the key fob). I can put in the pushbutton like suggested in this thread, as I might have to put another switch there at the same time.

It was just one of those little things that didnt seem to make sense with the car and should be an easy fix/mod.

Thanks for the info!

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Clarkbug said:
EZH -

Yeah, I dont have any kind of button for the truck inside the car at all. Its only on the key fob that came with the car (I bought my 'scort used with 101k on it). I dont have any manual release for the trunk, or power anything, aside from the drivers' side door lock (also on the key fob). I can put in the pushbutton like suggested in this thread, as I might have to put another switch there at the same time.

It was just one of those little things that didnt seem to make sense with the car and should be an easy fix/mod.

Thanks for the info!

~Bug
I need to revise my earlier statement. I don't think you would even need to run a wire all the way back to the trunklid solenoid because there is one already going there from the remote module, which almose surely is in the front somewhere. All you need to do is connect to that wire.
 

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i think you would have to put the solenoid in the trunk lid itself. if that's where the latch is, that's where it should go.
but for a '96, all that stuff is done with cables/wires, not solenoids.. but, wouldn't that contradict the whole concept of having the handle in the back??
 

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sorry, i know it would go in the lid itself. i meant, where would a good place in the lid be. not for unlocking it, but for the auto open. i was going to wire power locks, and want the lid to pop open when i hit the button, not simply unlock.
 

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OK, so if I understand correctly, I need to go to a junkyard and get a gas tank door, the plastic parts for the gas tank door and trunk knobs, and the cables and mounting hardware from a 1991-1993, and I can easily install this into my 1995 as there is all the mounting places (including pre tapped holes, etc.) just cut the carpet?

I'd love to have a pushbutton trunk release like I did on my 1984 GT. It had the button inside the glove compartment.
 

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because the 91-93's were the ones that had the gas/trunk release switches. '94+ didn't come with them because they had a tendancy to rust out or disconnect because of faulty engineering (which is a rare find when it comes to ford, pffff).

but yeah, there were dotted indentations on the inside of the carpeting for you to cut out the hole with the proper dimentions. and underneath there's a gap or pod where the switches will be seated and bolted in.
it's just there, waiting for the switches.

...oh yeah, and for reference, my scort is a '95 also.

but i'd rather have this system (mechanical) rather than the electrical one, because i can use it w/o having the key turned in the ignition... but that can also help out thieves.. that is, if you actually have something worth stealing in your trunk, which i uhhhh don't. 8)
 

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I was specificly wanting to know if this.would work i have a 95 and thers a 93 in the local junkyard...... thankyou.
 

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idk if this will load but here are some pics of the install.
you can see the line it gives you to cut out...and the hole that you slide the release threw the back of.
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And below you see the latch slid threw and bolted down down.... make sure you keep the bolt when you pull it out the donor car.
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and then you fold the carpet back over..
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Then put your trim peice on...
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Then next step take the trim off that sarounds the seat belt......
Fold the carpet back and blput the cabels under It.
Then take the back bottom seat out and start tucking the cable under the plastic panel.
Next take the whole side panel assembly off. Which requires takeing the speaker out first (4 screws)
Their are litterally clips provided to snap the cable in.
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Clip them in and pull the latch out (2 12mm bolts) then hook you cable up and put the latch back in.
Put the panels back on and Test.
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