Trunk release not working properly

Tiny
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  • 2010 MAZDA 3
  • 2.5L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 110,000 MILES
Is cabin trunk release in the vehicle listed above electrical or mechanical?
Had flooding. Need to check cabin and trunk. When I open door cabin light usually comes on. Is doing this recommended?
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Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 AT 12:08 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

The truck release is operated by cable, so it is mechanical.
Unless something got jammed or broke, you should be able to open the trunk.

See attached for the diagrams.

https://www.youtube.com/c/2carpros/featured

Let me know if you have any questions.
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Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 AT 2:06 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the quick response.
On the other issue, the car was in an +400 car underground garage that was flooded last night. I want to go down later and would like to inspect the cabin/trunk for water seepage. When I open the door the courtesy light comes on under normal circumstances. This would involve an electrical current.
Can this be a problem of shorting something.
Or Should I wait until the car dries out a bit.
Lastly with the flooding(not sure how high the water was yet)I was able to get a peek at car next me and water was at bottom of door. I would say that level was for several hours. Pumping out garage was taking place.
Is it recommended to tow car to shop for inspection? Or wait a few days to try to start.
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Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 AT 2:43 PM
Tiny
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It will probably be best to tow it out before trying to start and cause any damage to the engine or electrical system. That way you are not taking any chances by trying to start it and have issues.
Was your interior wet?
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Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 AT 4:17 PM
Tiny
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Do not know yet. Is it safe to open door to check?
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Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 AT 4:35 PM
Tiny
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Yes, that should be okay. Also open the hood and inspect the battery and any water damage. Let me know what you find.
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Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 AT 7:32 PM
Tiny
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Morning,
Checked car quickly this morning. Not supposed to be in garage yet. Still 6 inches of water.
There was some water on cabin floor. No water line visible on body. Was not able to check engine compartment yet. Hope to do so later. Dash lights came on when door was opened. Can windows (electric) be rolled down? Not sure if ignition has to be on.
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Friday, September 3rd, 2021 AT 4:57 AM
Tiny
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The lights coming on means the battery might not have gotten water in.
To roll down window you will have to turn the key to the "on" (not start) position.
Sounds like it is taking quite a long time for the water to go down.
Let me know what you find or if you have any questions.
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Friday, September 3rd, 2021 AT 7:57 AM
Tiny
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Okay, just checked the car. The waterline on a nearby wall is a little over half way up the wheel. Engine looks dry. Now I have no juice. Battery dead, I believe. Why from yesterday I do not know. A while back I left the courtesy light and it drained it. I was able to charge it. It's a few years old.
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Friday, September 3rd, 2021 AT 11:12 AM
Tiny
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The battery can also drain if there is a short that could have cased by the water as well as leaving a light on.
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Friday, September 3rd, 2021 AT 11:32 AM
Tiny
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The light was left on awhile back. Battery was dead after. I charged it and it held the charge.
I am going to try to charge overnight.
Does that sound okay?
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Friday, September 3rd, 2021 AT 12:29 PM
Tiny
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Unless there is a bad cell in the battery. You should be able to charge it back up without any issues.
Is the car dry yet or still on water?
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Friday, September 3rd, 2021 AT 1:16 PM
Tiny
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There are water puddles around car and there was some water on the floor, front and back of car which I am removing and drying.
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Friday, September 3rd, 2021 AT 1:52 PM
Tiny
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Got it.
If you try to start the engine make sure there are no water under the hood. Especially the air intake area. Also just to be on the safe side check the engine oil. You need to verify that there is no water in it.
Look under the vehicle and see if you can inspect the starter. That need to be dry as well.
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Friday, September 3rd, 2021 AT 2:07 PM
Tiny
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Morning,

Battery took the charge. I rolled down windows and opened sunroof to dry inside. I will wait a couple of days before attempting a start. Now to my other vehicle, motorcycle/vtx 1800. Planning to roll it to an incline to try and drain water that has probably gotten into my pipes.
Thanks for all your help, I am much obliged.
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Saturday, September 4th, 2021 AT 5:14 AM
Tiny
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It's good that the battery took the charge. Don't forget to check the oil and the starter before the start.
Let me know how it turns out.
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Saturday, September 4th, 2021 AT 8:54 AM
Tiny
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Will do.
Thanks.
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Saturday, September 4th, 2021 AT 9:08 AM
Tiny
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You're welcome.
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Saturday, September 4th, 2021 AT 10:43 AM
Tiny
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Question.
How do you remover rear bench?
On old cars they just popped out.
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Sunday, September 5th, 2021 AT 1:37 PM
Tiny
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I will be happy to answer that question and provide you with the details.
But since it is on a different topic, please be so kind a open a new thread.
Just follow this link:

https://www.2carpros.com/questions/new

We will get this taken care of.

You can keep updates on the initial question on this thread.

Thank you.
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Sunday, September 5th, 2021 AT 7:55 PM

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