Joined: 04 Feb 2002
Location: San Jose, CA
|Posted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:15 pm Post subject: E39 Emergency Trunk Unlatch
|My trunk latch actuator has broken. While removing the defective unit, I measured for the possible placement of a hole behind the license plate. This would allow you to reach in with a screwdriver and directly trip the latch mechanism by pushing the arm to the right.
Next time you have that part of the trunk disassembled, verify these measurements for yourself.
Horizontal: 1 inch to the right of trunk centerline.
Vertical: 3 inches from the bottom edge of the lid.
I believe a ½ inch hole would be sufficient, maybe even smaller.
I have even read a couple of old posts where the owner mentioned finding a hole already behind the license plate.
This actuator also permits detecting when the trunk lid is open or ajar.
Ed BMW CCA member since 1987 (Nr. 62319).
'97 540i 6 speed Aspensilber over Aubergine interior.