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Old 05-14-2014, 04:09 PM   #1
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boot switch

didnt know where to put this,so
just purchased an e46 51 plate 318se coupe.
The boot switch doesn't do anythin , i can open it with the key fob and by putting the key in the boot and turning it left.
I have found that to put key in turn it horizontal locks it completely as a security measure and vertical is on the cl system so is opne when the car is.
Tried and still nothing,has a fuse blown?

Looked inside under the cover and no wires look outa place or burnt etc all looks fine up there.

Anyone any ideas?

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Old 05-14-2014, 04:30 PM   #2
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get another switch.. I've got it.. $10 shipped
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Old 05-14-2014, 04:39 PM   #3
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ive not got 1 of them if its in the cabin? theres no valet switch inside the glovebox either or down in the footwell :/

Its a uk car
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Old 05-22-2014, 11:21 AM   #4
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where does that switch go? is it by the bonnet pull in the drivers footwell? if so i have a blank there.

Otherwise i have no boot switch insiode the car at all

would the switch itself be faulty do ya think? can they pack in?
But like i say,the boot seems to be locked 24/7 unless i open it with the key fob or by inserting key.

Anyone any ideas how to sort that, so i can try open it when the car is unlocked?

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Old 05-22-2014, 01:37 PM   #5
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Have you checked the wires inside that elephant trunk looking boot that goes between the body and the trunklid?
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Old 05-23-2014, 02:32 AM   #6
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inside the actual boot yeah,all seems fine. i did try to get that plastic thing off but seems someone has already tried as 1 screw is rounded off :/
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:35 AM   #7
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For some reason this is now working. Not done anythin to it but after trying it again it popped opened
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