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What kind of solenoid should I use to hook up a trunk release switch? A part number and store would be very helpful in this matter.

Also, if anyone´s done this, could you please send me a quick how-to on how you did it? I´ve got a good idea how to, and I know I could get it to work, but as I´m sure you know, having someone with experience helps allot.

Email me any info at uberscort(at)knology(dot)net
 

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I would go with a cable type, not an electric release. Here´s why:
The 2gen EGT has a cable type. the easiest way to add a trunk release in any car is to do exactly as the factory did, be it cable or electric. I did this to a Topaz I had a few years ago. It was electric. I used all factory parts from a wrecker for next to $nothing. It all goes in like lego. Screwing around with fabbing custom stuff is a big pain. The wires were there, I just added the release device using factory screw holes and the button in the glovebox, quick and easy and just like factory. Now, for the Escort, you would need to run the cable, but that´s the hardest part. the beauty of the Escort´s system is the guts are in the car side not the lid side. If you can find all the parts at a wrecker, it should be an easy job. The release lever is located on the floor alongside the fuel lever. Your screw holes will be right there. Do you have a fuel lever there? Perhaps the whole thing gets changed out but it´s not a big deal. While you´re at it, hook up the "hatch ajar" warning light in the dash. Only the wagon uses it(ok maybe the sedan, I´m not sure) and I intend to get mine going. :-?
 

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I posted about this a few months ago. I went to a Junk yard one day looking for parts and I happened to notice there was a button in the glove box of one of the scorts I was looking at. So I unpluged the connector for the button, and went to the back and unbolted the solenoid (cable type). I took the latch just in case, but the stock latch has the right hook on it already. The wires are already yhere to hook everything up, and the bolt holes were already there for the solenoid. Only drilling done was to mount the button. So if you want to do this all the stuff should already be set up on the car you just need a donor, or get the parts from a dealer. No need to go aftermarket.
 

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Pimp has an 89, so He is probably talking about a 1st gen model.
I am telling you here and now that the 2nd gen has a cable type, so there will be no mounting provision already there for a solenoid. No 2nd gen donor car can provide a soenoid, because it does not exist.
Pimp, are the guts in your lid or on the car side? Usually they use electric if they are in the lid, as in a Taurus wagon. The 2nd gen Escort has the guts in the car side. :)
 

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The ZX2´s had a solenoid release.

you can also get trunk relese electric solenoid through any car audio store.

Drew
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[ This message was edited by: Skuce on 23-03-2003 19:49 ]
 

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I take it the 2g has a cable that runs the length of the car then. Mine has a solenoid that mounts in the rear passenger side fender area with a cable that mounts to latch that holds the hatch closed. It is released by a button that is wired into the glove box. all the wiring and connectors were already in the harness, so it was strictly plug and play. I´m sure you could get the cable and lever and all the other parts for a 2g at a junk yard just as easy as I found my parts.
 

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23-03-2003 at 13:27, MadBrad wrote:
Pimp has an 89, so He is probably talking about a 1st gen model.
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Must be. My 1984 GT had the button in the glove compartment open the hatch.
 

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Well, I was honestly more hoping to do an electric hookup, but I guess a cable type release would be easy too. Oh well, thanks for your help guys. :)
 

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Maybe, just maybe, a 1st gen trunk latch might fit a 2nd gen trunk.... Then you could mount a 1st gen solenoid and wire the button. Or you could get a 1st gen solenoid and rig it to your exsisting latch. That shouldn´t be too hard really. Skuce is right about car audio places haveing solenoids too. Most places that have car alarms will have kits to hook up electric door locks, and stuff like that.
 

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just to toss it out for what its worth 3rd gens had electric releases also . mine is by the steering wheel on the left right by the hood latch . its a button rig. mine also has keyless entry so that may be why its there , also mine is a late model 3rd gen so that may have some bearing on finding one to strip. good luck ;-)
 

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Electric is definitely posssible if you don´t mind fabricating and making up custom stuff. I just meant the easy way is to replicate the stock setup by using junkyard parts.
 
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