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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 07-15-2014, 01:19 PM
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Trunk cylinder stuck in horizontal position 540i '99

I accidentally locked my doors and trunk, and now I cannot get into my car. My cousin damaged the remote, so I did everything with just my master key. Is there anyway that I can get into my car, please someone help..Click image for larger version

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Old 07-15-2014, 01:46 PM
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Use the master key in the driver's door, 90 deg CCW to unlock. Same with the trunk latch. Each may be stubborn from years of disuse. May want to shoot a little Tri Flo into the tumbler beforehand.

When you turn the trunk key 90 CW and remove it places the lock in the Valet mode, where only a master key can unlock the trunk. The glovebox can be secured in a similar fashion by just locking it with a master key.
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:10 PM
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Is there a difference between triflo and wd40


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Old 07-15-2014, 03:10 PM
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And thanks @edjack


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Old 07-15-2014, 09:51 PM
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WD40 will release frozen parts and displace water to dry things out (handy for wet electrics) But it doesn't provide lasting lubrication.

If TriFlo that edjack recommends isn't available in your area you could look for SuperLube which has worked well for me in locks and similar applications.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:07 PM
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Does that mean you got the car unlocked?
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:05 PM
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Have people already forgotten how to use a key manually?
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:56 AM
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Thanks I will try!!! My neighbor who happens to be a lock smith got me in the drivers and passengers side, is there a manual release for the trunk?


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Old 07-16-2014, 11:22 AM
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Read my first post again (show it to your neighbor), and answer my second post.
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:12 AM
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My trunk cylinder is broken apparently. I was able to get in my car and drive to work.


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