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Old 01-27-2009, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Trunk won't close

Hey, I just inherited a 1995 Benz E320 and the trunk will not latch!

Well, I lied, I got it to latch but I had to like slam it, or do like a freaking magic trick to get that thing to close.

Any advice? lithium grease? WD 40? oiling it up?
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The latch or striker may need to be adjusted. Or the latch may just need some lub as you mentioned. Regular oil will work fine for that. The rubber bumpers at the trunk corners are adjustable and used to set closed lid height. Does it seem like the lid is high when closed? If so the bumpers may need to be loosened and lowered.
Mind you, this thing was right when it left the factory so your problem almost certainly results from lack of lubrication or body distortion from collision damage.
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actually it gets more interesting

So I am able to close it but it pops open even when it appears to be latched! I was entering the freeway and sortve went fast on a dip and it popped open, I got it to close again by pressing down on the hood so that it would latch, and nothing's happened after that.


The peculiar part is that before the trunk popped open before the freeway, I was unable to even open my trunk. I pressed the button for it to open, tried locking/unlocking it from the trunk but it just would not open.

So do you think it's more than just a lacking lubrication?
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i'd start with some lube. i always start with lube...

joking aside, if it looks dry in there or gunked up just clean it up and lube it good. i think you can try tripping the latch and opening it a few times with the trunk lid open to make sure the mechanism is moving freely.
if this doesn't do the trick, then i think you have a problem with the latch not aligning with the striker. getting these things aligned seems like it could be fairly tricky.
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Now it sounds even more like a bindin/lubrication problem. What probably happened when you pressed the release button initially is that the latch partially unlatched but was binding. Driving the car motion caused the latch to eventually release. Still binding, it was a pain to get it to latch again.
Get the lid open and take a look at the latch moving parts. Maybe someone slammed the lid on luggage or debris and the latch is jammed with some crap. I'm betting that's the problem. Hopefully nothing got horribly bent.
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