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Old 12-29-2008, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Remote no longer unlock truck

I have a 1998 323IS and have recently had an issue with the truck not unlocking with the remote. The only way I can access the truck is to take the key and manually unlock it. I can lock the car when I lock the truck with the key but unlocking the car does not unlock the truck. Was kinda nice to have a little added security for the truck but now is becoming a pain in the A$$. Anyone have the same issue or resolution to share??
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That will be the boot actuator, which you also have in the doors, they are a small black box with a connector block they do come off the lock, with a bit of patience and common sense and not brute force, there is a lock/tab which you sort of pull up the whole unit and it pops off, you can take it apart ,insde you will see a plastic auger which needs greasing up, if that doesnt work Im afraid its burnt out and requires a new or replacement.
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That will be the boot actuator, which you also have in the doors, they are a small black box with a connector block they do come off the lock, with a bit of patience and common sense and not brute force, there is a lock/tab which you sort of pull up the whole unit and it pops off, you can take it apart ,insde you will see a plastic auger which needs greasing up, if that doesnt work Im afraid its burnt out and requires a new or replacement.
I am assuming the actuator is mounted to the lock? I will look for it after my shift. Thanx for the quick response!!
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Yes, well it should be, as ive only done door ones and they all are.
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Is this it??

I went through the back lid of the trunk an the only actuator I found was the one pictured below. I took it apart and everything seems to be lubed. Any ideas where to find a replacement and what is the correct name for it for the order?[IMG][/IMG]
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If all lubed ok then is burnt out, a replacement from a breaker yard or a new one from a dealer, it is called an ACTUATOR all you have to do is give them the part number which as you can see is 67.11-8361 142, that easy!
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Still not working

Ok, I have installed the new actuator and it is still not responding to the lock and unlock from the remote?!? Any other ideas? Almost seems as if it is not getting the signal to lock and unlock.
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Yet all the doors are responding ??
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Hi Marti,

I have the exact same problem with mine. All other doors work mint.

There seems to be some strange things going on with my e36. Like the light in the boot won't work, no power to it yet no fuses blown, checked every one under bonnet.

Oh and the nearside rear fog won't work with new bulb, and to top it all, since replacing a couple of bulbs in the instrument cluster, the air bag light stays on all the time

Today just keeps getting better

Sorry about hijacking this thread.

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Hmmmmmmm.... Two the same, Ok I would say check your wiring on the hinge point in the loom, I would say you have a chaffed or broken wire, undo the tape to investergate, this would also affect rear light circuits and petrol flaps
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Update!!

Decided to have a shufty at the cable that runs into the boot lid.

Peeled back the rubber boot and WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Six of the wires have snapped in half and the others are badly worn.

So Sunday it's out with the trusty old soldering iron and hear shrink.

I'm so glad I check this as some of the bare wires had started to poke through the rubber boot. I dread to think if they had earthed out.

Fair warning for others me thinks!!!

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