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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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99 328i trunk stuck, where to drill?

Hi I am trying to help a friend with his e36 sedan. The trunk will not respond to the button being pushed. I suspect the connecting rod has come loose. Where am I supposed to drill and with sized hole-saw?
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are you sure the button hasn't decided to stop workiing?? also, what about the key??






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Hi I am trying to help a friend with his e36 sedan. The trunk will not respond to the button being pushed. I suspect the connecting rod has come loose. Where am I supposed to drill and with sized hole-saw?
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EXTREMELY unlikely the con rod has come loose. Before you resort to desperate measures ( ) get some Lock-Ease and soak the inside with that. Let it sit for a few hours (more if it's cold where you are), then try using the key in it, back and forth, and THEN try the button. If that fails to open it, for God's sake, call a locksmith. Don't butcher the trunk lid with a dang hole saw! (Can't believe you're actually considering that!)
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dang it ken...

why do you have to go all 'logical' and what-not...now it looks like the op will actually look into the proper way of doing things and *not*, i repeat, *not* go ahead with the planned destruction of the decklid.

now what are we supposed to use for omg/lol fodder if we can't get teh pictarz??




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damn you ken, i opend this all then read and now im
SEE!!!!! i'm tellin ya ken...you ruined a perfectly good lulz thread!!!


i'm not the only one to say so, too...



so now it looks like we'll be looking for your 'what not to do, a psa from the timex corp' some time in the next few days or so, eh??




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Hi I am trying to help a friend with his e36 sedan. The trunk will not respond to the button being pushed. I suspect the connecting rod has come loose. Where am I supposed to drill and with sized hole-saw?
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Drill? Holesaw? Size?

STEP AWAY FROM THE E36.


Yikes.. You DO know that the trunks are SUPPOSED to open, right?

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=179945

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I need to revive this..

I need to revive this old thread..

Someone tried to break into my car a few weekends ago, but didn't succeed. Both the trunk and door lock are damaged to the point where the key will not fit all the way. I'd like to get back into my trunk, because well, it has my spare tire and such, in case of a flat. I was told the trunk lock has to be replaced, but that I wont be able to get a new lock, and need to go find an old one from another car. I'm hoping there's a cheaper way than having to pay a locksmith just to open it. I don't care that it doesn't lock right now, I just want it opened. I can replace the lock another day.

Is drilling a good idea?
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I need to revive this old thread..

Is drilling a good idea?
I wouldnt do it unless you have exhausted all other avenues.

The lock cylinder and tumblers can be swapped to another latch/lock mechanism.
Review this link.. I got locked out of my trunk also.
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Long story. Only had the valet key. Thought that was the problem. Got a new key and still couldn't open the trunk ... all of the functionality seemed good ... lock moved, you could hear the mechanism click ... no dice.

So I forced it. It sounds like something broke in the trunk ... I've tried the little button in the glove box ... no dice.

I think I've down to drilling ...

Does anyone know where I should drill?
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On the verts there's an interlock between the trunk and the top storage compartment cover. There's a microswitch in the front right of the top storage compartment and if the lid isn't down far enough to activate the microswitch the trunk won't unlock or open. Try having someone press down really hard on the right front of the storage compartment lid while you try opening the trunk.
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Good suggestion. Didnt work. I'm pretty sure I did something when I tried to force the lock ...
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Don't drill. Call a locksmith. It'll be way cheaper than repairing the damage you'll do with a drill....and you'll probably end up calling a locksmith anyway, except his/her bill will be a lot more after you've screwed up the lock by drilling.
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I think the lock is fine ... I think I broke the mechanism in between the silver button that the key goes into and the actual mechanism that locks the trunk ...

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Fold down the back seats if the model you are doing it on does. Then remove rear trunk lining and you can operate all the trunk operations manually. Lock, unlock, release, and latch.
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Fold down the back seats if the model you are doing it on does. Then remove rear trunk lining and you can operate all the trunk operations manually. Lock, unlock, release, and latch.
Cabrios don't have fold down rear seats. But OP if you're going to cut a hole in something, pull out the padded filler for the ski pass in the middle of the rear seats. Once the pad is out you'll see there's either an opening to the trunk (ski pass) or it's blocked off by a plastic filler piece. If you're going to cut something use a hole saw and cut through the ski pass filler. Then you can rig a clothes hanger or something and reach in and pull the emergency release handle to release the trunk. You might have to make two hole in the ski pass filler, one for your "tool" and one to look through. Once you've got the trunk open you can fix the issue and then figure out what you want to patch the ski pass filler with, or you can completely remove it.
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Is the trunk release only on cabrios, or after a certain year?
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Even if the car doesn't have the release you can usually access the bolts that hold the trunk latch to the trunk lid with a bunch of extensions.
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This car is equipped with the upgraded stereo so there is a sub woofer where the pass through for the skis normally goes. I can't see how its attached. Before I take apart the back seat ... anyone have any experience with this?
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