Mechanics

HOW DO I GET THE TRUNK OPEN WHEN THE RELEASE MECHANISM FAILS?

2002 Mercedes Benz S430 • 101,000 miles

I have tried the button on the fob, the release switch inside car, and the metal key hidden inside fob. I have even tried to access trunk through back seat. I hear it is some strange pneumatic release mechanism. It used to work just fine. I can't get to a dealer, nearest is 4 hours away. A local mechanic wanted to cut through the metal behind the license plate. I only NEED to get in since my tail light bulbs are starting to burn out. Any suggestions?
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Driban
November 15, 2011.




The pneumatic control is in the boot, so this is of no use, the electrics that operate the system use CAN technology so hot wiring the system is a no go as well, and the manual lock is faulty, wow where to go. I am wondering if the only option is to drill out the barrel and key and trip the lock, MB may have a better solution, ii would call them and explain the dilemma, there may be an over ride somewhere that we are not aware of, I would give them a call.

Mhpautos
Nov 17, 2011.
I would not admit this to just anybody but maybe it will help someone in the future. When you're changing your battery, DON'T close the trunk while you go to the store, even if it does look like rain. Wait for another day, because without power, the trunk will not open without help from your friends. The valet fob will not work, but the master key fob will. Thanks to the experts for the advice.
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Will Estes
Apr 4, 2012.

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