E300 Trunk Lock

Hi,
Any way to access the truck of an 1987 300E when the truck won't open. I see a 6" diamter plastic plate behind the back seat - does that give access to the trunk.
Want to avoid drilling out the lock?
Thanks
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No, the fuel tank stands up in the trunk behind the seat.

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Did you try pushing down on the trunk lid while turning the key?
Just a thought. Marty
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Why won't the trunk open? Does the key turn?
Sometimes this time of year the lock gets all messed up with salt, just squirt lots of alcohol in there (even hand cleaning gel on the key has beenknown to work). It is supposed tobe lubricated with spray graphite.
In a pinch spray silicone will free it up (but not for long).
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Have you verified that the trunk hasn't been manually locked with the Master key?
If I remember correctly (1991 300E), the Master key is rectangular and the Valet key is oval. If someone locked the trunk with the Master key, only the Master key will open it up. The Valet key will open the driver's door and start the car, but won't open the glove compartment or the trunk, if they were previously locked with the Master key. Likewise, the remote trunk release on the console appears not to work if the trunk has been manually locked with the Master key.

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