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Old 10-07-2014, 07:25 PM   #21
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the shock absorber is inside the spring
Apparently mine is worn out (or missing) my trunk opens with immediate quickness. Hmmm
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:33 PM   #22
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Apparently mine is worn out (or missing) my trunk opens with immediate quickness. Hmmm
I see the part now:
http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=NB33&mospid=47759&btnr=41_1474& hg=41&fg=60&hl=19
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Thanks everyone for the info on this. My E60 4dr boot started not working intermittently for a few days and then stopped completely. Luckily I found this post and similar ones. Discovered that the brown wire in the harness running through the boot tube was broken...


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Old 02-06-2015, 11:38 PM   #24
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For others that might stumble on this post when searching...it's fixed. Turned out to be a broken ground wire where trunk wiring harness enters trunk hinge tube.
This issue is happening with me but I'm not sure what to do to fix it, please help ?
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Old 02-06-2015, 11:51 PM   #25
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Thank you all for this thread. I was also having locking issues on my 2008 528i, so I popped out the trunk side panel to check... The entire wiring harness appeared intact but after some close inspection the brown wire was completely broken in half. I am so glad to find this. I fixed my trunk release in less than 10 minutes start to finish.
How did you fix this?
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:42 AM   #27
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Default Broken trunk release ground wire fix

I spliced in about 6" of spare brown 16/18 gauge copper wire that I had laying around in the garage. I used (2) 16-22AWG butt splice connectors to splice the wire in line and connect it on both ends and crimped them on with pliers. I then wrapped the connections with black electrical tape and then re-wrapped the wire bundle/harness so it looked semi-professional.

Here is a thing I mocked up to give you a better idea of the in-line splice: http://imgur.com/5fUrbjJ

If you don't already have this stuff laying around your house; butt connectors, electrical tape, and 12" of wire should run you about $5-10 at Lowes or Home Depot.
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As far as you could tell, did the wires get pinched somewhere or did the insulation just bust open from fatigue?
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As far as you could tell, did the wires get pinched somewhere or did the insulation just bust open from fatigue?
In my personal opinion, I think it was a combination of chafing and taught pressure on the wire harness - especially since my trunk opens very fast.

Something I do find strange is that it seems to be the brown ground wire that is breaking in all of our cases; even though there are several wires in that harness/group. Maybe there was some type of quality control issue with that brown wire or coating from the factory?
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Yea, my trunk really pops open fast too. I should probably take a look sometime.
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