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Trunk Latch Replacement
 

Pelican Technical Article:

Trunk Latch Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

T25 T30 Torx driver, trim panel tool, flathead screwdriver.

Applicable Models:

BMW 320i Sedan (2013-16)
BMW 320i xDrive Sedan (2013-16)
BMW 328d xDrive Sedan (2014-16)
BMW 328d/i Sedan (2012-16)
BMW 328i xDrive Sedan (2013-16)
BMW 330e Sedan (2016)
BMW 335i Sedan (2012-15)
BMW 335i xDrive Sedan (2013-15)
BMW 340i Sedan (2016)
BMW 340i xDrive Sedan (2016)
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Sedan (2013-15)

Parts Required:

Trunk latch.

Hot Tip:

Check trunk latch and button operation before closing trunk.

Performance Gain:

Repair broken trunk latch.

Complementary Modification:

Replace trunk struts.

The trunk lock is electrically networked with the central locking system. The trunk latch works via electrical switches to open your BMW F30 trunk.

The latch is mounted in the trunk lid and has the electrical switch and cable release mechanism to open the trunk. If yours fails, the trunk may not stay closed or it may rattle.

To avoid marring the paint and trim, work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out body or interior items.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The latch is mounted in the trunk lid and has the electrical switch and cable release mechanism to open the trunk.
Figure 1

The latch is mounted in the trunk lid and has the electrical switch and cable release mechanism to open the trunk. If yours fails the trunk may not stay closed or it may rattle.

To access trunk latch, start by unclipping the trunk support trim cover (red arrows).
Figure 2

To access trunk latch, start by unclipping the trunk support trim cover (red arrows). Left side shown, repeat step for opposite side of vehicle.

Then, unclip the trunk support trim cover (red arrow) from trunk carpet trim and remove from vehicle.
Figure 3

Then, unclip the trunk support trim cover (red arrow) from trunk carpet trim and remove from vehicle. Right side shown, repeat step for opposite side of vehicle.

Remove safety handle from trunk lid mount, then unclip cable (red arrow) from handle and remove.
Figure 4

Remove safety handle from trunk lid mount, then unclip cable (red arrow) from handle and remove.

Next, remove the eight Phillips head plastic expanding screws (red arrows).
Figure 5

Next, remove the eight Phillips head plastic expanding screws (red arrows). Then remove the two T25 Torx fasteners (blue arrows).

Remove the molded carpet trim from trunk lid (blue arrow).
Figure 6

Remove the molded carpet trim from trunk lid (blue arrow).

Working at the trunk lid latch, pull the electrical connector (red arrow) straight out to remove.
Figure 7

Working at the trunk lid latch, pull the electrical connector (red arrow) straight out to remove.

Working at the trunk latch, remove the two T30 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 8

Working at the trunk latch, remove the two T30 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

Pull the latch down far enough to access the emergency release cable (red arrow).
Figure 9

Pull the latch down far enough to access the emergency release cable (red arrow).

To release the cable, first unclip the tab (red arrow) and hold it, then twist cable housing to remove from latch (blue arrow).
Figure 10

To release the cable, first unclip the tab (red arrow) and hold it, then twist cable housing to remove from latch (blue arrow). Once out, rotate cable end 90° and detach. Remove latch. Reverse steps to install new latch and cables. Before closing trunk, close latch using a flathead screwdriver and confirm it releases using the key.




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