Lexus Troubleshooting Questions? Ask a Lexus Expert
How did you get in to the trunk to remove the felt lining?
There is not manual release in these vehicles. There should be a switch on the drivers kick panel.
Can you turn the key when it is in the lock? Do you have the key fob?
Ok. When did you hear the lock actuate?
Ok. is it still open enough to keep the light on?
Ok. when you press the button on the kick panel you can you the acutator? Have you tried to unlock the valet mode in that place?
I can send you a wiring diagram, it seems that lock actuator is bad. Do you have any way of getting into the trunk from the back seat?
I am very sorry, but Lexus did not make any easy way to get to the lock if it is not working and unfortunately they put the relays in the trunk. As a mechanic I would remove the rear seats in order to access the lock. This may mean cutting out some of the supports to access it. Unfortunately this is almost the only way to do it.
It might, because it seems that it was working when the key was installed all the way in correct?
Also I would work with that key a bit. put it in the hole and shake it and push and twist, those can get gummed up, but usually you can get them in there if there is not something in the hole.