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Old 02-02-2007, 01:36 AM   #1
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Diy Disaster!!!

while attempting to install an in-dash dvd player in my e46, i ran into an obsticle:

after disconnecting the battery and starting installation of the head unit, i realize i need something that is located in the trunk. as i grasp the handle and squeeze, nothing happens. ah! the battery!. i reach for my keys, and... nothing. they're locked in the trunk... with no power to the power locks. as an added bonus, i only have one key to my vehicle... called every locksmith around, none could do anything with a beamer, except break the whole lock cylinder, but they wouldn't be able to do that for another week, minimum. so, I called bmw of manhattan and explained my situation. my options? well, i can have my car towed to the city, and have a replacement key in 2-3 weeks. or, i can ask the service dept. so, they ask me if i have a subwoofer behind my rearseat armrest, i say no. i tell him i have a metal plate (don't even know what this is for), but he tells me if i hit it very hard with a sledge hammer repeatedly until i am blue in the face and pass out from exhaustion, then i might be able to knock it open, however, it's rivited in 12 locations along the perimeter, several of which are stationed behind my seat which would have forced me to damage my seat, which is unacceptable behavior. what IS, however, acceptable behavior is putting a mettal cugging blade on my dremel and cutting the whole god damn metal plate right out of the car. so now, i have access to my trunk from the back seat. then it's easy, io just fish my keys out with a pole and flashlight and that's that. maybe i'll get a carbon fiber door with a lock in the metal plate's place. haha. next.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:38 AM   #2
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WOW that is incredible. What a day and i thought the 4hrs i spent re-adjusting my e-brake today was rediculous.
Luckily i have ski pass through.
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:09 AM   #3
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You don't have to beat on it with a sledgehammer. Do a search for ski pass removal. Drill the rivets you can see and then you will be able to remove it pretty easily. As an added bonus more bass will pass into the cabin from even a stock stereo. Take your time and dopn't get frustrated and break sh!t. It isn't hard at all.
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:31 AM   #4
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I just thought of one other thing, maybe you can connect another car to your pos/neg under the hood and generate enough juice to use the trunk release. Worth a try?
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Old 02-02-2007, 04:41 AM   #5
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Hollywood, Thats what I would've done. Surprised BMW Didn't tell you that :S
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Old 02-02-2007, 06:33 AM   #6
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Why can't you just reconnect the battery?

EDIT: Nevermind, I'm being stupid this morning.

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Old 02-02-2007, 06:38 AM   #7
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Why can't you just reconnect the battery?
Its in the trunk!!!! Dur
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Old 02-02-2007, 06:50 AM   #8
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Ha! Good point. It's too early for me to be posting on forums, I guess.
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If the hood is open apply power to the under hood terminals, other option is call me at the shop today and I will explain how to get into the trunk.
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Old 02-02-2007, 08:35 AM   #10
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The rear seats fold down..what's the problem...or just plug in a charger cord into the cigarette lighter...
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either hook up another car to your posative and negative leads under the hood or punch out the ski pass thru and grab your keys...I did it once all it took was a hammer and a flat head screw driver to each weld not a sledgehammer till you pass out.

Also why would it take 2-3 weeks to get a new key??? it takes a day or 2 max for me and al i need is proof of ownership
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If the hood is open apply power to the under hood terminals, other option is call me at the shop today and I will explain how to get into the trunk.
This is the first thing that came to mind. As long at the positive battery post isn't touching gound, it would certainly work.
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The rear seats fold down..what's the problem...or just plug in a charger cord into the cigarette lighter...
If it does not have a ski bag there is no pass through!! also if you hook up a charger to cigerte light with no battery hooked up there is to much load on the cicuit and will just blow the fuse.
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If the hood is open apply power to the under hood terminals, other option is call me at the shop today and I will explain how to get into the trunk.
That really works? I thought that without the battery providing a complete circuit it wouldn't do anything. Cool, you learn something new everyday here.

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I just thought of one other thing, maybe you can connect another car to your pos/neg under the hood and generate enough juice to use the trunk release. Worth a try?
Thats what i was going to say.
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Removing the ski-pass is super easy! If you don't have a rear armrest, just pop the back seat out. If you do, just fold it down, rip off the velcro leather flap, smack it with a rubber mallet 3 or 4 times and your in. I'm not kidding, 3 or 4 smacks.
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I literally lent against mine and it popped off.
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That really works? I thought that without the battery providing a complete circuit it wouldn't do anything. Cool, you learn something new everyday here.

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Yup works great this is how we change the battery to aviod losing radio setting and OBC settings.
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good thing I have a trunk release button if that ever happens to me
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good thing I have a trunk release button if that ever happens to me
i don't think that button will work either when your battery is out since trunk release is motor operating. not like old cars which uses cabel pull.
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