The key still appears to work OK. You cant push the button in and the
key turns like always; you see all the other locks pop up, and you
hear a "click" inside the trunk as if the vacuum actuator has moved.
But the trunk remains closed, won't open! Yea, it is a clunker now,
but I'd rather not take a crowbar to it. I suppose the only other
thing to do is to pay big $$$$ to a locksmith? I got it...take the
rear seat and gas tank out? ;-)
Your alarm system is armed. When it is armed, a bar goes across the lock so you
cannot push it.
Remove the rear seat bottom. Look at the left, drivers side area for a loop
attached to thin cable.
It may be under the sound deadener. You will need a 2nd person to pull the cable
while you push the
If you don't want to fix the alarm problem, remove the bar from the trunk
WHAT alarm system? I wrote: "You cant push the button in and the
key turns like always...." That was a typo....you CAN push the
lock button in OK! At least it feels like it is moving inward a normal
amount. Sorry for confusion.
Be sure you're using the Master key. If the Master (square) key was used to
manually lock the trunk, then only the Master key will unlock it. The same
goes for the glove compartment.
These cars came with two different keys, a Master key and a Valet key. The
Master key was used for storing valuables in the glove compartment and
trunk, so that giving the Valet key to a parking attendant would keep the
valuables from being accessed. If the trunk was manually locked with the
Master key, then the interior trunk release switch won't release the trunk,
nor will the trunk unlock with the other doors on the car when using the
central locking system.
If I remember correctly, the Master key is square, and the Valet key is
oval. If you're not using the original MB keys, try manually unlocking the
trunk using a different set of keys than you have been trying.
Still got all your books in the car? Get out the maintenance booklet and see if
you still have the
data card glued to the inside back cover.
Go down the list of 3 digit numbers and tell me if you have 551.
551 is factory alarm.
We are using the same square key, the ignition key, and the same
procedure that has ALWAYS worked before to unlock the trunk.
I took the rear seat out and sure enough, there is solid steel
behind, no way to get into the trunk. This was useful anyway, as the
gas gauuge is intermittent, and so I cleaned and reseated the level
tranmsitter while the seat was out. I finally had no choice but to
force the trunk lid up. After leverering it to the side of the lock,
it was up far enough that I could loosen the two 10 mm bolts holding
the latch onto the trunk lid. I removed the other latch to the left
that has a round hole, to see if that was causing the problem, but it
wasn't. Some of the black plastic around the lock broke, but after
getting it opened, the lock mechanism still works the same, and does
unlock the doors fine, but there is still the same unlocking problem.
It is stuck again after unlocking everything.
. And yes, it is the master key, I have no valet key. But at least
now when it is stuck and won't unlock, I can easily get it opened with
a 10 mm wrench. (problem is we can't put anything of value in there
now, since a thief could also get it opened the same way) Also there
is about a 1 inch or so gap between trunk lid and body, so water can
get in. Oh well, it is a clunker like I said, will probably replace it
within a year.
There was no such arming wire for an alarm, there is no device up
front for arming/disarming an alarm....and the former owner would have
instructed me on the alarm system if it had one.
My friend, you pried your trunk open and it is the beginning of fall. Soon
you are going to have a trunk full of water. Did you even call a locksmith
to see how much he might charge you for opening the trunk without destroying
the function of your trunk.
It would have been a whole lot cheaper to have a locksmith drill open your
lock (Probably less than $50) than to destroy your trunk. Then the only
thing that would be needed to do is to replace the lock. By taking a crow
bar to your trunk you probably hashed the lid and the sealing rim of the
You would have done a whole lot less damage cutting an 8 inch hole in the
bottom of the trunk and reaching up to fix it. At least that could have
been fixed when you were done.
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