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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:43 AM
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One potential solution, at least so you don't get stuck, is to get an alarm with a fob.
That is very good idea, Thanks
Would you recommend any good one for this 95 325i, less price but reliable.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:02 AM
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Just an FYI guys, earlier E36s don't have a central locking button, its controlled by the drivers door pin. Press the lock pin down and everything locks, pull the handle and everything unlocks.

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Old 12-11-2012, 10:09 AM
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Just an FYI guys, earlier E36s don't have a central locking button, its controlled by the drivers door pin. Press the lock pin down and everything locks, pull the handle and everything unlocks.

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Old 12-11-2012, 10:10 AM
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That is very good idea, Thanks
Would you recommend any good one for this 95 325i, less price but reliable.
Also please one more question that if I can install it myself or I should/have to go to experts to install it.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:48 PM
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Here is my trunk lock picture. It is very rusted, I can turn the key and sound is heared seems that it tries to release the lock and then pressing inside it opens the trunk but I have to strugle many many times. I am able to open the trunk today and took out the battery but again it was stuck. So after unlocking I did not close it. I will fix it first now.
Here are pictures please guide me how to fix it.

Question: Is it proper way to turn the key then push the lock inside to open it?
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:39 PM
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You have to turn the key to unlock it then depress the button the key goes in, to open it. So it worked correctly it sounds like.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:28 PM
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You have to turn the key to unlock it then depress the button the key goes in, to open it. So it worked correctly it sounds like.
So as I understood correctly the key should be inside the lock when I push it inside. Is it correct? Also if car is centrally unlocked (by pulling the lock knob upward of driver side), even then do I need to unlock the trunk by turning the key anti-clock wise and push the lock inside or just put the key and push it inside is enough without turning the key to open the trunk?

--- But still the trunk will not open at first shot. So I am thinking to open the trunk lock and properly clean it and may be I would found some thing is broken inside.
I am looking some guidance and steps how to open trunk lock and service it properly.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:33 PM
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You insert the key and turn it 1/4 turn clockwise to unlock. Then you can remove the key (or leave it in, doesn't matter either way) and depress the button to open the trunk. To lock it you put in the key and turn it 1.4 turn counter clockwise.
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The key does not have to be in the lock cylinder to open the trunk, though. Just unlock it, remove the key, and then push the lock cylinder in and open the trunk.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:54 AM
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You insert the key and turn it 1/4 turn clockwise to unlock. Then you can remove the key (or leave it in, doesn't matter either way) and depress the button to open the trunk. To lock it you put in the key and turn it 1.4 turn counter clockwise.

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The key does not have to be in the lock cylinder to open the trunk, though. Just unlock it, remove the key, and then push the lock cylinder in and open the trunk.
Thanks. So it means that the turning the key in the trunk may or may not unlocking the trunk (as I heard the sound) but for sure it is not opening the trunk on pushing in the cylinder
and also once I pushed in the cylinder, it does not come out automatically, I have to turn the key inside and pull it with the key.

Now to fix it; I will put more WD-40 and graphite lubrication spray in it and then I will try to open the lock assembly completely and will clean it thoroughly, may be I find some thing broken inside.

Is that a good idea? Also can I get some manual describing with the help of pictures how to open the trunk lock assembly?
One more question, which lubricant and/or greese should I use to clean and lubricant properly the trunk lock and assembly?

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Old 12-12-2012, 07:57 AM
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Don't use WD-40. That stuff eats grease. (And many other lubricants).
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:02 AM
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Don't use WD-40. That stuff eats grease. (And many other lubricants).
Sorry I am lazy; I actually added more question in my post, can you please review it and guide and help me more.

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Old 12-12-2012, 08:06 AM
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Just use the graphite lubricant spray. Best one I've used for locks and it was originally recommended to me by Ken. And it seems that old people know stuff.

As for a diy, i just did a quick google search to come up with this: http://tinyurl.com/bnco7pn
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:17 AM
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Just use the graphite lubricant spray. Best one I've used for locks and it was originally recommended to me by Ken. And it seems that old people know stuff.

As for a diy, i just did a quick google search to come up with this: http://tinyurl.com/bnco7pn
Thanks for the link. I will do this on weekend. Also just want to make sure that I am using the right graphite lubricant; Here is what I got from Canadian tire.

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows....jsp?locale=en

Also please see the picture. Only concern with this spray I had that it spilled down to the paint and looks like it did not stay there. Should I use other one which comes like paste so that it will stay there?

Thanks again.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:37 AM
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That is exactly the one I have. I bought mine at CT too. Just wipe up the drip.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:45 PM
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Just use the graphite lubricant spray. Best one I've used for locks and it was originally recommended to me by Ken. And it seems that old people know stuff.
Know stuff, yes. Remember stuff, not so much.

Here's another good lock lube, for the record.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:24 AM
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Can you guys tell me what are these plastic nails or screws are called (please see the red marks on the trunk ) which hold the trim/cloth of trunk and which tool we should use it to open and what is the proper procedure to open it and close it back.

Currently it is very nice and fit in my car so after opening and fixing the trunk lock, I want to put it back as it is. So can you please tell me its names, and tools to open it and do I need new one to fix it properly or same one I can use again?

Note: This is not my car picture but I just posted to put marks related to my question.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:36 AM
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I believe that these are what you mean. You can just ask at a $tealership for the trunk carpet clips.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/...eries%20all%20

Parts like that are usually really cheap even at the $tealership.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:50 AM
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I believe that these are what you mean. You can just ask at a $tealership for the trunk carpet clips.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/...eries%20all%20

Parts like that are usually really cheap even at the $tealership.
Yes that I was looking for. Thanks.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:19 AM
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I opened the trunk carpet to see the lock and it looks ok and functioning properly.It is closing and opening properly after lubrication. Thanks guys for the the help.

Now only issue is that when I press the lock it is not coming out. After putting graphite spray and oil, it is coming half now.

Should I open it to see may be it is stucking some where or just keep lubricating?
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:48 AM
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I think may be I am wrong, the push lock has alignment issue. It has more gap from one side and no gap on opposite side. Please see picture.
To align it do I need to open those four screws or I can allign it from back side (inside the trunk.)?
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I'd say it's still a matter of insufficient lubrication. My trunk buttons have the "more gap/less gap" situation on both cars and both work flawlessly.
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I opened from front and back, and lubricated. It is coming half way out on pushing inside but it is ok for now I think. Either the spring has not much power or I need to replace it with new. Any way at least I can open/close trunk now and can use it. Now next is hood. It is not closing. It seems that lock either is missing? When I see the hole, it looks it is empty. Is that ok?
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I'd say it's still a matter of insufficient lubrication. My trunk buttons have the "more gap/less gap" situation on both cars and both work flawlessly.
Yes I agree with you. After opening it, I found it is not gap issue. It is lubrication or either spring issue. I put lot of lubrication, now it is much better. I mean before I was not even able to open it. Almost half an hour I was able to open it. Now It is easily opening at least. Thank you all guys for your help and guidance.

Now I want to fix my hood. It is not closing. I am wondering if I can check its lock is working or not? Both holes are seem to be empty? Is it correct?
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For the hood latches again it's just a case of lubrication.
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