2004 Chevy optra (hatch back ..L5?)

Asked by Nov 11, 2017 at 07:31 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was gifted a 2004 optra hatchback in
April ..and I haven't been able to get in the
trunk/hatch ..my neighbour tried
penetrating spray & had my son try to find
some kind of release button/lever..they
gave up afraid it would end up stuck open
lol ..and ideas..wondering if this is
common? My 16 yr old is in shop class so I
plan on bringing it to his teacher

6 Answers


Under the Chevy emblem on the hatch center section is the hatch latch. If power locks, push the button to un-lock doors then pull the latch. Is there a hatch button by seat or on dash anywhere?


Do have the Key Fob, if so it has a trunk release button or may have one, but also some cars have a trunk/hatch button under lip near above where tag goes near the latch that works if key fob is near the car, also some cars have a button in glove box for trunk/latch release, and also you can move the back seats down to see if there pull release or if its in the locked position.

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Does the hatch latch move at all?

I can feel/hear something moving inside but not catching maybe if that makes any sense

Yes I have the key fob luckily ..and the owners manual says to push the button and then use the key (kinda repetitive in my opinion ..but I am a 40 yr old women who just for her license for the first time what do I know :) no dash/glove box button ..seats in the back do come down so Monday am ill see if the shop teacher is willing to have the kids investigate to find where this release is located ...my elderly neighbour was stumped lol


Most key fobs you push the trunk/hatch release down until it opens, not just a push of the button, hold the button down. See if the key fob is near the car you just also pull the latch to open if latch works, I have not heard of having to push button the use the key too. As your walking up to it with hands full you push the button and hold then it opens. But there is suppose to be a back up on the newer cars too, so there should be a smaller button near the hatch lip that if key is near the car you can push it and it opens (not all have it). Also the hatch panel from the inside should come off to access the latch assembly if its broken.

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