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Old 02-01-2014, 10:09 PM
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1987 560SL, trunk lock button stuck, trunk won't release, vacuum pump is kaput! i've tugged on it, lubricated it, fuel is running low. i can't refuel without opening the trunk. :-(

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Old 02-02-2014, 01:33 AM
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1987 560SL, the trunk release button is stuck in, trunk won't open, vacuum pump is kaput, so i can't open the gas cap, & the fuel is running low!
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:35 AM
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oops, sorry for the double post. i didn't think that my last post had made it up!
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:43 AM
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No need to drill the tumbler. Try this Trunk Lock Issues - Mercedes-Benz Forum
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:18 AM
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Trunk Lock Issue

Hi If you don't get this open then I can give you the location where to drill this small hole below the top edge of the license plate and make contact with the latch and it will open. Read page one of this thread.
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Old 04-10-2021, 02:27 PM
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OK, I've struggled with this for several months. In my case the button was pushed in and could turn with the key but would not come out. I tried all of the above with no success. Oh, the car is a 1988 560 SL. The ultimate solution for me, was shown in this your tube video

https://youtu.be/lTO92e5D4kY

I had tried this before several times without success. Then I tried it with a bent file so I could pull harder on the key, and Voila.

http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/attachments/mercedes-benz-sl-discussion-forum/162011d1618272551-560-sl-trunk-lock-problem-img_1214.jpg

I also tried drilling the hole route. I had no joy, but once I got the trunk open I figured out how to make this method work. My problem was that I drilled the hole a little too far to the right - I measured 17 mm but that is too far in my car. I used a bent piece of steel and you can see the problem, it comes up just to the side of the latch and cannot get under it.

http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/attachments/mercedes-benz-sl-discussion-forum/162012d1618272693-560-sl-trunk-lock-problem-img_1211.jpg
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/attachments/mercedes-benz-sl-discussion-forum/162013d1618272693-560-sl-trunk-lock-problem-img_1213.jpg
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/attachments/mercedes-benz-sl-discussion-forum/162014d1618272693-560-sl-trunk-lock-problem-img_1212.jpg

Just a little less to the right and it would have worked. So now I put a very short bend in my tool, and it is easily able to come up behind the latch, push to the front of the car and the latch will open

http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/attachments/mercedes-benz-sl-discussion-forum/162015d1618272693-560-sl-trunk-lock-problem-img_1215.jpg

I hope this clarifies this problem for others.

Charles
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Old 05-31-2021, 12:34 PM
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Hooray! I had a similar situation, I suffered for several months, as soon as I found this thread, I read everything and tried again, but in a slightly different way, some ways, as advised here, and I succeeded. I opened it. Thank you!

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