Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Monterey, CA
Vehicle: 1998 SLK230
Other Toys: Harley Road King and a BMW R1150rtP
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Trunk will not open with key - top will not open either
We just bought our first SLK, It's a 1998 230.
The windshield is cracked, so in order to have it replaced, the top has to be opened.
The problem is the red button in the console is solid red, indicating a fault in the system.
In order to check the pump, switches, etc. I need to get the trunk open.
However, the trunk will not open with the key. I've put the key in, turned it counter clockwise, pushed the button in and nothing
happens. It appears to be a mechanical failure.
I can hear the lock unlock using the fob or the unlock switch in the cockpit.
The battery is brand new as well.
I've spoken to a couple of independent MB shops, and they don't have any answers either, besides drilling a hole in the trunk and manually
opening the lock.
I'd hate to do that if there is any other way in, but I'm stymied at this point.
I would sure appreciate help on this one.
I bought the car not running, and have replaced the fuel pump and filter, changed the oil and filter, replaced both serpentine belts, air filter and hood support so far. The car still has other issues, but getting in the trunk at this point is my primary focus.