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Old 02-08-2008, 06:24 PM
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W210 Trunk opened on its own...random occurrence or sign of future problem?

So today I am sitting in a parking lot, in my '98 E300 with the tranny in drive waiting for someone to come out of a building when I hear what sounds like my trunk lock release and sure enough the trunk pops open!

I know I didn't touch the release switch on the console and the remote was in the ignition so the release was tripped on its own...I didn't even think the trunk was supposed to open if the car was in drive (not sure about that though).

Anyway...I am thinking that maybe I was in an area with lots of stray RF signals (it was an industrial/office park) and so perhaps an alarm or security system just hit the right frequency/signal to tell the trunk to open. Has anyone experienced this? It's never happened before in my 3 years of ownership so I am not getting too worked up but I'd hate to have it happen while I was driving down the turnpike!
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:52 PM
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I can't help with what caused it but I have seen/heard of this happening before.
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:16 PM
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Intermittent short ...

in the wiring related to the trunk lid release switch on the console or the switch itself?
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Interestingly I tested today and found that while you can open the trunk while the car is in drive, if you are moving it over-rides the trunk release and won't open. So, at least it looks as though it won't open randomly on the highway...but at a stop sign...maybe!
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Old 02-09-2008, 04:33 PM
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If it's a short in the wiring to the PSE, the trunk won't open on the highway. If the fault is within the PSE itself, all bets are probably off.
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If it's a short in the wiring to the PSE, the trunk won't open on the highway. If the fault is within the PSE itself, all bets are probably off.

Of course, that is correct...I am inclined to believe it was a fluke and perhaps some stray RF in the area I was in since it had never happened before and it is an area I have never been to before either...if it happens again I'll get concerned.
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