Console Trunk Release
Temporary Disable Modification
M2 (1999+)

By Rod Roller, Central Alabama Miata Society

WARNING: This modification requires the removal, disassembly, modification, reassembly, and reinstallation of the trunk mounted lock cylinder. If you are not entirely confident in your ability to do this you should not attempt it. If performed improperly, you could damage the lock enough to make it unuseable, requiring you to purchase a new lock cylinder.

To perform this modification you will need several things:


When you remove the inside trunk panel the back of the lock is exposed. Twist the plastic clip downwards that holds the connecting rod, then pull the rod from the lever arm. Now remove the E-clip (using pliers and/or sharp screwdriver) holding the lever arm and spacers, then remove the arm and spacers and set them aside. Be sure to remember the order they were in! Two bolts hold the lock in place, remove them with a 10mm socket. The lock should now be free. Reach up under the rear bumper and pull the lock cylinder out, but it will require some effort because the bumper fits tightly against the cylinder.


Now that the cylinder is free, you have to disassemble it. This is the only tricky part, but not too bad. Remove the polished cap (where the key goes in) using a small(narrow) screwdriver. Pry under the edge of the cap where the two indentations are to free the cap. The cap will bend somewhat but you should be able to get it off with out much distortion. The cap can be easily straightened with needle-nosed pliers once it is removed. The key door assembly will be under the cap, set the cap and door assembly aside. Now insert the key into the lock tumbler(the center part). Be sure to hold the key in the tumbler, and slowly remove the tumbler from the outer casing. IF THE KEY COMES OUT, YOUR LOCK WILL COME APART!!! Set the tumbler/key combination aside, keeping the key in!


The danger is now mostly over. Clean any excess grease out of the lock casing. Examine the tumbler and compare with the photos below to determine which tab needs to be removed. Use a Dremel or similar tool to grind off the tab shown in the photos. WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHILE GRINDING!

Be sure not to leave any rough edges, and clean all metal fragments out of the casing before re-inserting the tumbler. Insert the tumbler with key still inside and verify that key now turns both directions smoothly. If it seems to be snagging when turning counter-clockwise remove tumbler/key and verify that all of the tab was removed. If the key turns smoothly you are ready to put it back together.


Insert the tumbler COMPLETELY in the casing, and carefully remove the key leaving the tumbler in the casing. Place the key door assembly back on top of the cylinder assembly and place the polished cap back on the assembly. Use pliers to press the sides of the cap down if necessary, ensuring the cap will stay on the cylinder. Now insert the key and test rotation one more time before reinstalling in car.


Reinstall lock cylinder in car, reversing removal steps. It will be difficult to get the cylinder back in place because the bumper is so close to the car. Keep trying and you will get it eventually. There is a foam padding ring around the key hole in the bumper, I have found it is helpful to remove and discard this ring since it tends to interfere with installation of the cylinder. Once cylinder is in place, replace 10mm bolts. Replace spacers and lever arm on lock shaft in correct order, and secure with E-clip. Place connecting rod back in hole on lock arm and rotate plastic clip until rod is locked in place. Replace trunk inner panel.


To use the locking feature, the trunk lid must be closed. Verify the console release still works properly. Now close trunk lid, insert key, and turn key counter-clockwise. You should hear and feel a small "pop". This is the console release being disabled. Pull the console release, it should now do nothing. Place key in trunk lock and turn clockwise, opening trunk. You will propably hear two "pops", the first is the console release being reactivated, the second is the trunk latch opening. Close trunk lid and pull console release to verify it now opens trunk. THAT'S IT!

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