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1999 BMW 328i convertible I can't get into the trunk with the key. The top motor was disengaged I pull the release lever under the back seat, now the light on the raise/lower switch for the top blinks but does nothing and I can't get into the trunk. Will disconnecting the battery help? or is there another solution?

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It might help, worth a shot.

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