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Old 08-27-2014, 01:41 PM
AL2504 AL2504 is offline
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F11 boot release

I've got an F11 and the main boot release stopped working today. I can open the glass section but the main boot will not open. We're away on holiday at the moment and lifting a double pushchair out of the glass section isn't ideal. Does anyone know if there is an emergency release within the boot which I can use until we get home? I've had a look but haven't so far located anything. Cheers
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:39 AM
josh1e josh1e is offline
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Hiya.

I have a 2011 F11 and having stripped all the back panel to check (after locking myself out of it previously), I can confirm there is no emergency release.

the only way of opening the boot are
  • keyfob
  • button on outside of tailgate
  • button in driver footwell

it's worth mentioning that on mine, the drivers door needs to be unlocked before either of the boot lids will unlock..

hope that helps, enjoy your hols!

Thanks

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Old 09-02-2014, 02:01 AM
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In my 2012 F11 I found a steal cable with a loop at one end that looks as if it was meant to be pulled to release something. I always assumed it was the emergency trunk release. It is tucked away near the battery. But I cannot imagine how someone could access it with the trunk closed, since you need to open the floor trap and remove a part of the floor storage compartment liner to get to the battery area. I don't think the floor trap opens high enough to reach in through the open window with the trunk closed.

I'll try to get a picture of it tonight.

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Old 09-02-2014, 11:28 AM
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I can now confirm that my F11 indeed has an emergency trunk release. I can only assume yours has one as well.

I took some pictures to help you find it. The floor compartment opens relatively high and you should be able to get to it through the open trunk lid window.

Open the floor compartment. The storage compartment liner under the floor has one plastic retaining plug. Use a flat screwdriver to lift the center part of the nut until you can grab it with your fingers. Pull the plug out.



Now you should be able to lift the liner to get to the battery compartment.

In there you should be able to find a black plastic cable coming from the trunk locking mechanism. At the end of the cable there is a blue loop.



This is the emergency trunk release. It is a narrow steal cable surrounded by a black plastic guiding tube. I have tested it to confirm. Hold the plastic tubing at the yellow part near the blue loop. Now pull the blue loop away from the yellow part until you hear the trunk lock disengage. I think I needed to pull the loop for about an inch or two.

You can easily route the emergency release outside the storage compartment into the trunk so you can use it through the open window without having to access the battery compartment, that way you can use it when you have stuff in the trunk that would block access to the storage compartment under the floor.


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Old 09-02-2014, 03:23 PM
Gilgorm Gilgorm is offline
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Just to make sure, have you or kids or anyone else slid the "valet lockout" button in the centre armrest to the lock position?
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:13 AM
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Thanks for replies. I did the other night manage to release the boot by lifting the boot floor which gives access to the tailgate lock and it can be release by manually operating the actuator. Next I removed the panel from the rear of tailgate to investigate the switch and putting a jumper across the wires resulted in the lock operating. I then removed the hand/switch part to discover the failure was due to a poor design. The micro switch in the handle is operated by a flat section of plastic that pushes the switch when the handle is pulled, this is achieved by the flat plastic rotating by way of the rubber seal. The rubber had split hence no rotation occurring and therefore contact with the switch not be achieved. As I didn't really wish to have to take it all apart again I set about repairing this and manufactured a piece to hold the rotation part in the correct position . Works perfect now.
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Old 09-03-2014, 11:21 AM
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Works perfect now.
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