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Old 02-13-2013, 07:40 PM
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Help! My E60 says my trunk is open in the idrive

My trunk is secure and closed, but the iDrive keeps giving me a "Trunk Open!" alert. Has any one experienced this? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:38 PM
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Is the trunk light on from the inside? If you can't tell from the outside, fold down your seats (if you have fold down seats) and see from the inside.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:53 PM
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The trunk warning is coming and going now. I do not have the fold down seats, but I put my phone in the trunk with the video camera running and it did not show the light to be on. I have a 2007 530i with comfort entrance, I do not know if that makes a difference.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:55 PM
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http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1441236 looks very similar.. go towards the bottom. Looks like a worn or broken wire in that case
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:25 PM
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The trunk warning is coming and going now. I do not have the fold down seats, but I put my phone in the trunk with the video camera running and it did not show the light to be on. I have a 2007 530i with comfort entrance, I do not know if that makes a difference.
Clever idea.

Hmm, if the light is going off, then the fault may not necessarily be at the switch. Might be another problem. Might have to visit the dealer on this one...
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:13 PM
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Finally the problem has been resolved....

It was the same problem as earlier bimmers, 4 wires had been chaffed in the hinge support on the right side of the trunk. It was causing a "trunk open" and "rear license plate light malfunction" error messages in the idrive. $6 in wires and all is quiet in the cabin. FINALLY!!!!!
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:34 PM
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Bottom trunk light not working

Hey guys. I think I'm having the same issue but my light won't turn on now. I messed with the wire coming out of the hinge on the right passenger side and it worked for a second but now it's off completely. Any specific idea on how to fix this? My wires look good. Here's a picture.
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:36 PM
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Hey guys. I think I'm having the same issue but my light won't turn on now. I messed with the wire coming out of the hinge on the right passenger side and it worked for a second but now it's off completely. Any specific idea on how to fix this? My wires look good. Here's a picture.
Likely, either the conductor was weakened or broken and your handling the wires separated the two pieces of the conductor within the insulation so that they no longer touch, or the rapid on-off cycle of the wire making and losing contact burned out the lamp.

If the lamp is common in size to another location in the car test it there or with a power supply or small battery out of the car.
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:52 PM
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Likely, either the conductor was weakened or broken and your handling the wires separated the two pieces of the conductor within the insulation so that they no longer touch, or the rapid on-off cycle of the wire making and losing contact burned out the lamp.

If the lamp is common in size to another location in the car test it there or with a power supply or small battery out of the car.
The lamp is fine. I was able to test it. I think I messed up something with the connecting wires in the hinge. Can this wire just be replaced?
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The lamp is fine. I was able to test it. I think I messed up something with the connecting wires in the hinge. Can this wire just be replaced?
And did you resolve the problem? (and how?)
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My trunk is secure and closed, but the iDrive keeps giving me a "Trunk Open!" alert. Has any one experienced this? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Hello dear friend and all you dear friends
If the wires that came out from hing support become break or cut , the circuit will be naturally open. therefore trunk light doesn't turn on and trunk open warning system doesn't work even while trunk is really open or perhaps related couple of cut & naked wires make a casual right connection !
so, if trunk open warning system still is active and you can see that trunk light is and was turned on inasmuch as its plastic cover became melted even in closed trunk situation, it has just a reason .
There is a micro switch in the trunk lock actuator that work as trunk light switch and at the same time trunk open warning sensor .the same problem in my e60 525 was related that micro switch due its maladjusted metal arm look like question sign (?) that flexible metal arm was crooked by unknown reason. i turned it back to the original position and proper point . now it turn on the light just when trunk is open and send right data to the idrive system.
Dear friends , i am an Iranian and sorry for my weak English

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If the wires that came out from hing support become break or cut the circuit will be open. therefore trunk light and trunk open warning doesn't work even while trunk is really open .
so, if trunk open warning still is active and you can see that trunk light is and was turned on inasmuch as its plastic cover became melted even in closed trunk situation it has just a reason .
There is a micro switch in the trunk lock actuator that work as trunk light switch and at the same time trunk open warning sensor . my e60 same problem was related that micro switch due its arm maladjusted and that flexible metal arm was crooked by unknown reason. i turned it back to the original location as proper point and now it turn on light and send right data to the idrive system.
Dear friends , i am an Iranian and sorry for my weak english
i have the same issue, where is this switch at exactly? do u have any pics?
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:47 AM
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that micro switch is exactly in trunk lock actuator . you can find it after opening 3 screw and take it out 4 wires socket and release 4 or 5 plastic hooks.
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Old 08-23-2017, 08:02 PM
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that micro switch is exactly in trunk lock actuator . you can find it after opening 3 screw and take it out 4 wires socket and release 4 or 5 plastic hooks.
well i set my open circuit counters all to 0 and i still have trunk open warning & (no lock chirp)

I do see a red pin/button on the lock actuator is this what your're talking about
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well i set my open circuit counters all to 0 and i still have trunk open warning & (no lock chirp)

I do see a red pin/button on the lock actuator is this what your're talking about
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i will try to describe my experience simply .
1- remove trunk door internal cover after taking out a few plastic buttons . they are split and you should take out outer part to release and take them out from holes.
2- remove 3 screws of lock actuator and 4wires socket from it
3- release steel connector wire with plastic cover look like bicycle brake wire for opening with key. now you can take it out .
3-there is a few hooks and two tumbler that you should release them to remove actuator cover .
4-under cover you will see an electro motor and plastic gear and some metal hooks and finally a small micro switch with green color (mine) that has a flexible metal arm . you should apply to fix any abnormal issue related it.
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:14 AM
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Dear eburnz
i will try to describe my experience simply .
1- remove trunk door internal cover after taking out a few plastic buttons . they are split and you should take out outer part to release and take them out from holes.
2- remove 3 screws of lock actuator and 4wires socket from it
3- release steel connector wire with plastic cover look like bicycle brake wire for opening with key. now you can take it out .
4-there is a few hooks and two tumbler that you should release them to remove actuator cover .
5-under cover you will see an electro motor and plastic gear and some metal hooks and finally a small micro switch with green color (or other color) that has a flexible metal arm . you should apply to fix any abnormal issue related it.
have a successful operation.

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Old 08-24-2017, 07:22 PM
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Dear eburnz
i will try to describe my experience simply .
1- remove trunk door internal cover after taking out a few plastic buttons . they are split and you should take out outer part to release and take them out from holes.
2- remove 3 screws of lock actuator and 4wires socket from it
3- release steel connector wire with plastic cover look like bicycle brake wire for opening with key. now you can take it out .
3-there is a few hooks and two tumbler that you should release them to remove actuator cover .
4-under cover you will see an electro motor and plastic gear and some metal hooks and finally a small micro switch with green color (mine) that has a flexible metal arm . you should apply to fix any abnormal issue related it.
alright thanks a lot ! i will try this fix this weekend.
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Dear eburnz
i will try to describe my experience simply .
1- remove trunk door internal cover after taking out a few plastic buttons . they are split and you should take out outer part to release and take them out from holes.
2- remove 3 screws of lock actuator and 4wires socket from it
3- release steel connector wire with plastic cover look like bicycle brake wire for opening with key. now you can take it out .
3-there is a few hooks and two tumbler that you should release them to remove actuator cover .
4-under cover you will see an electro motor and plastic gear and some metal hooks and finally a small micro switch with green color (mine) that has a flexible metal arm . you should apply to fix any abnormal issue related it.
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alright thanks a lot ! i will try this fix this weekend.
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Old 08-26-2017, 06:18 PM
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Took this off and examined it, but if this is the metal hook thingy that you're talking about fixing, mine doesn't look out of place and its pressing down on a button/switch.

Mines look some what firmly pressed but is it supposed to be pressed all the way down or its not supposed to be pressed at all ?

OR

are you talking about the trunk latch ? (haven't checked that out yet)
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Took this off and examined it, but if this is the metal hook thingy that you're talking about fixing, mine doesn't look out of place and its pressing down on a button/switch.

Mines look some what firmly pressed but is it supposed to be pressed all the way down or its not supposed to be pressed at all ?

OR

are you talking about the trunk latch ? (haven't checked that out yet)
Hello again Eburnz and sorry for delay.
well, if you remember i said you will see an electro motor ,plastic gear and that micro switch inside it and explained it on the paper but there is not even one of them in your sent picture because they are in middle part (actuator) not in key lock . of course you should take out the covered steel connector cable from key lock so take out white plastic part (A) and then turn right steel cable head (part B) as much as it can come out from slit . forget about 2 wire (brown & white) socket. its not related this operation and is connected to the key lock for anti theft system. now there isn't any relation between two part and you can dismount middle part of door include the micro switch and it metal arm (electric lock actuator) or perhaps the thing that you called it probably the trunk latch.
unfortunately i haven't any free time now days otherwise would open it again and take some pictures of it inside for you !
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The micro switch that i am talking about it malfunction is inside of electric lock actuator part . you should take it out after release key lock steel connector cable then opening 3 screws and take out 4 wire socket from actuator. while you separate actuator of trunk door dismount it cover to access that micro switch and it metal arm look like question sign without dot (?)
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The micro switch that i am talking about it malfunction is inside of electric lock actuator part . you should take it out after release key lock steel connector cable then opening 3 screws and take out 4 wire socket from actuator. while you separate actuator of trunk door dismount it cover to access that micro switch and it metal arm look like question sign without dot (?)
thanks for clearing this up for me m8, ill tackle this soon
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ok so i had time i go out and try this again... and this is what iím looking at...

i tried messing around with that button switch at first it was kind of stiff and it was kind of stuck pushed down so i sprayed a little wd-40 to get it to move and i got it loose again.. put everything back together and still get the trunk error message & no chirp when locking the car.

one thing thatís different though is that your drawing thereís a piece that i donít have on mine which is that long looking (L) shape piece...

if mine was broken off or came loose inside the lockuator i would hear it move around right ? but mistakenly I donít plus thereís not much room for that long L piece to go anywhere, so this is weird to me...

but i thought about a temp fix, if the button is supposed to be pushed down while the trunk is closed to get the error to go away couldnít i just find something to keep the switches pressed down temporarily?





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