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Now that I think I'm going to keep my 416i, I've decided to fix the little annoyances. One of them is that the lever to open the boot, which is next to the fuel cap lever next to the driver's seat is not working. I just wondered if anyone knows what it might be, and if it would be easy to fix (DIY or mechanic job?).
 

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It could be that the bowden cable inner/outer has becoem unclipped from either the latch or lever. If so, just clip it back in again. Most likely is at the latch so have a look in there.
If you need a new cable then it is a bit fiddly but no way a mechanic job
 

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I have to hit my catch on teh boot of the car with a rubber mallet some times, as it moves slightly out of the way.. works a treat every time :D
 

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I finally received my Haynes manual this morning. i then checked the front lever, which still had he cable attached to it. The same thing was the case at the other end. I tried the lever again to no avail. It seems to make a satisfying *clunk* sound, but doesn't open the boot. I then took the plastic cover off slightly, so that I could look at the lock in action. I closed the boot, and carefully with my finger, moved the latch that the cable is attached to up until (hey presto) it opened the boot. This seems odd though, as when I pull the lever, it seems to move this latch as far as it will go.
Does this mean that the cable is too slack, and isn't strong enough to open the lock??
Help please! lol
 

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I finally received my Haynes manual this morning. i then checked the front lever, which still had he cable attached to it. The same thing was the case at the other end. I tried the lever again to no avail. It seems to make a satisfying *clunk* sound, but doesn't open the boot. I then took the plastic cover off slightly, so that I could look at the lock in action. I closed the boot, and carefully with my finger, moved the latch that the cable is attached to up until (hey presto) it opened the boot. This seems odd though, as when I pull the lever, it seems to move this latch as far as it will go.
Does this mean that the cable is too slack, and isn't strong enough to open the lock??
Help please! lol
The catch under the plastic on the boot becomes slack and moves up, hence no tension to open the boot. This happens on mine and hence the rubber mallet, it knocks the catch down a few millimeters, and enables it to work, and makes the boot rattle less.
 

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The catch under the plastic on the boot becomes slack and moves up, hence no tension to open the boot. This happens on mine and hence the rubber mallet, it knocks the catch down a few millimeters, and enables it to work, and makes the boot rattle less.
What do I hit with the rubber McJiggy? I've attached 4 pictures of the boot lock. Could you point out what you hit with the rubber mallet, and also if anything looks slightly odd.

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http://server2.uploadit.org/files/christiani-04.jpg
 
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