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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 07-05-2010, 02:06 PM
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Help: No Battery power,trunk closed

I disconnected my battery to replace the steering wheel, and accidently closed the trunk. This may sound silly, but how do I open the trunk with no power?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 07-05-2010, 02:18 PM
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I disconnected my battery to replace the steering wheel, and accidently closed the trunk. This may sound silly, but how do I open the trunk with no power?

Thanks in advance for your help.
Use the key. Turn to the left (horizontal position).
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Old 07-05-2010, 03:19 PM
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+1 use key turn hard to left. Unless key is inside the trunk.
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Old 07-05-2010, 03:44 PM
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OMG! Key~key lock cylinder~insert key into lock cylinder~turn~should open.

Don't take this personal or the wrong way...you're not the first to ask this...and won't be the last. But it is unbelievably funny that the further we move away from the time when keyless entry was "rare" and has now become "common"...its as if we've consciously forgot that a key can physically unlock things when inserted into the lock cylinder.

And ditto...if there's more to this story...like you've LOCKED your ONLY key inside the trunk...then you have greater issues than what has been suggested so far. You may be screwed and it will cost you if you've closed-up your only key inside the trunk.

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Or...you could hook up a battery charger (or another car using jumper cables) to the jump start locations under the hood...then you can use the keyless remote fob to unlock the car like you normally do.



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Old 07-05-2010, 05:15 PM
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its as if we've consciously forgot that a key can physically unlock things when inserted into the lock cylinder.
I suspect you could also jump start the car from the hood connection points and then you'd have power again.

BTW, I too am amazed at how many times this question comes up. With a key in our hand, and a trunk lock cylinder staring us in the face, we still blindly ask "how do I open my trunk?".

Interestingly, since I still haven't figured out how to properly repair my trunk loom, (I freeze when I'm clueless) the ONLY way I can get my trunk open is via a mechanical turn of the key.

I wonder if I didn't know already whether I would have been one of those asking how to open the trunk (as the key fob won't open the trunk, the button on the console won't open the trunk, and the trunk button on the trunk won't open the trunk).

But, the key still works. So low tech.

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Old 07-05-2010, 07:15 PM
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Thanks everyone for your help. I was tunring the key to the left but not hard enough thinking that the first stop was the end.

Thanks again!
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