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Trunk and hood manual latch won't work

My trunk won't latch and the manual release mechanism on the top won't open. I believe they are connected with a fuse. If so where is the fuse?

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  • Snyper-X May 11, 2010

    There might be a Connection fault or fuse burnt - the only problem is what vehicle is it and if it is a BMW 1995 3 series, your fuse box, when you are facing the engine, on your right hand side (small black box with a cover) just let us know which vehicle this is.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    IS THERE A FUSE FOR TRUNK LATCH

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That is not the problem the problem is your convertable roof is not closing properly to test this let someone press down on the roof lid and then try to open the trunk, To fix this let the roof lid open and let the roof come up until the back part stands up to let the roof lid close so that the roof hold is exposed look on the right hand side of the car (if your standing at the back) under the roof lid catch there is a small plastic buttun that the roof lid catch needs to pres down on, this tells the car that the roof lid is seucre and it is now safe to let open the trunk, All you have to do is set the tension on the cable for that roof lid catch and the problem is sorted.

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