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Old 09-16-2009, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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E39 Boot Not Opening from Button

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Since yesterday I can no longer open my boot from the normal release button. I cannot hear the motor noise that is usually heard when the button is pressed. The only way that I can open the boot is using the key.

Could this be a faulty boot actuator or a problem with the button itself?

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Do you mean the key fob button while the other buttons work? Because curiously, there's a similar issue on my mom's VW. The boot button only works if pressed very hard.
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I do not mean the button on the key fob but the button on the actual boot lid itself.
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Can you still open the trunk or is it completely stuck? When you hit the button do you feel a click?
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I can open the boot with the key but when I press the button there is no click sound - nothing is heard. Could it be the button or the actuator? I do not want to buy a new actuator if the button is faulty.
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Happened to my 02 530i. Seems the key can be removed from the boot in either the horizontal or the vertical position.
One way, you can't use the key to open it; the other way, you can.
Wife left it in the disabled position and it took quite awhile til solved that one.
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In addtion to this to boot opens perfectly if the boot release button is used near the drivers seat. Do you think it is the actuator or the switch on the boot lid?
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My first thought would be the switch only based on the fact that the trunk still pops when you hit the unlock button with your key.
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Mine messed up, the spring had come undone and it wasn't releasing, easy DIY thing. If yours is making no sound when you try to open it the way that doesn't work, but it still opens any other way then it is not the trunk itself, because if it was it would not open at all seeing as all methods for opening it cause the the same thing to happen in the same way. So I would say it is the button you are pushing (I think you said it was the button on the key) so maybe it has lost its connection to the trunk and the trunk doesn't recognize it any longer. Good luck.
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Problem solved. Switch and actuator were fine. It turned out ot be a broken wire in the wiring loom found in the rubber tubing connected from boot lid to car body. Joined the wire back up and boot can now be opened.
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Great to here you got it fixed.
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