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#1 (permalink) Old 03-25-2006, 04:25 PM
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Exclamation Dummy alert: Please help me get at my battery.

I have a 1999 M3 coupe. My battery has been slowly running down the past couple months, and now can't start the car without a boost. I want to have the battery tested to know if it is the problem, or if I have some other (alternator, etc.) problem instead.

My problem is that I cannot remove the tray covering access to it. This is one of those things that is obviously so simple... I can't do it. used:

I can see lots of chew marks all around its "catch" from, I assume, previous visitors. Mine doesn't seem to exactly match how it looks or is described in the manual, or online, so I am really at a loss, and don't want to break the damn thing. It looks like ultimately the objective is to get the bottom of this thing to move in the direction of the side of the car, away from the centre of the car, but it won't budge (short of force I fear will break it).

I've attached photos, and would appreciate any help. Please talk slowly so I don't get confused.

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i dont see any photos,

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It looks to me like the tabs that are supposed to go into your trunk wall are not in their sockets. Have you tried gently prying it up from that side instead?



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M3UOND: I'm not sure what you're suggesting. It definitely feels "secured" at the point of this... catch, or whatever it is. It feels like sure, I could pry it up, if I pried hard enough to break that catch.

Also - here are some damn working links.







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I'm not talking about the latch, dude. I'm talking about the tabs under your tire iron--have you tried prying it up from the side that your tire iron is sitting on?



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What the heck? Mine doesnt have any latches to hold it down? Weird.

Liek M3UOND said, pry it up from the breaker bar side


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