I own a 1994 e36 320i SE.
The battery is DEAD. No last dregs of power in it whatsoever.
I need to get it out of the boot (sorry, I'm British, I mean "trunk") to
Because the battery is dead, the central locking isn't working, and without
central locking I can't unlock the boot.
Neither of my keys open the boot. I don't see any lever near or under the
dashboard/steering wheel to pop the boot open. Though there is one for the
bonnet (hood!) so I'd assumed that it would be nearby.
My E36 can be opened manually by using the key in the lock, and then pushing
the button. It's really quite easy.
Turn the key to the right, then back to the center, then push the button and
the trunk (boot) will open.
Raise the hood and look along the firewall in the area of the right side
frame rail. There is a large + terminal under a protective cover. Since you
are in Britian, your + terminal might be on the left side. In the USA, the
terminal is just in front of the passenger seat in the engine bay. On your
side of the pond, the terminal may be in the same place, but the steering
column and brake aperatus would be in the area as well, so your car may have
it on the opposite side of the car to keep it in an accessible spot.
On Sat, 15 Apr 2006 09:23:07 -0700, "Jeff Strickland"
On the RHD cars it's still in the same place. Steering wheel side, up
the back towards the firewall/bulkhead.
Big black thing, 3 inches long, 1 inch wide with a big red cross on
Pop the plastic top off and you should see a great big shiny 17mm (I
think) nut. This is your front jump point +ve.
Thanks to all for guidance and advice.
I've found the terminal and hooked up the charger and the battery is
supposedly on charge right now.
Well actually, neither the 'charging' or 'ready' light are on on the charger
so I'm in two minds as to whether anything is actually happening but I'm
sure I'll find out soon enough.
The battery/central locking problem is a symptom of a bigger and more
serious problem with the car. If I have time I might make a post about it on
this newsgroup sometime this week to get some advice.
Yes. You said that you can't open the trunk with the remote because the
battery is dead.
My reply is that the trunk can be opened with the key without regard to the
battery condition. This in only NOT true if you're using the Valet Key, but
the valet key will prevent the lock from turning in any direction. The turnk
lock can be turned left and right, and when left in the horizontal positon
(RIGHT turn), the lock will not respond to the central locking -- which in
your case isn't working now because the battery is dead. When turned to the
LEFT, then back to vertical, the trunk will unlock and allow you to press
the button in to open the trunk. You've insisted this does not work on your
car, but it should because that is how the engineers designed it to work.
The Valet Key is not able to turn the lock, and this could be your problem.
You haven't been very clear on this. does the key not even fit into the
lock, or does it simply not turn the lock once inserted? The valet key does
not fit at all, but if the key physically fits into the lock but fails to
turn, then the lock is dirty. In this instance, some graphite should help
On my car, I can turn the key, but the lock was sticking, and I had to give
it an extra hard twist to make it open.
In any case, the lock is designed to be opened manually, and if yours will
not open, then you have issues with the lock or the key. The central locking
system is not the only means to lock and unlock the trunk.
Both keys fitted into the lock, but wouldn't turn either way. Even with a
real good hard twist.
However, I used jumpleads from my new car to activate the central locking,
and I can now access my boot/trunk. Woohoo.
The only catch is that now the damn thing won't lock again, either under the
central locking or manually. Haha. Lucky the boot is empty really.
Anyone in South Wales (UK) wanna buy an L plate e36 320i SE in white with a
siezed engine?? Har har.
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