Route 66 - 1960 In the Closing of a Trunk 3-21 was released on: USA: 8 March 1963
There is not one simple answer. There are a multitude of reasons your trunk closing assist does not work. In the MB S500 the doors are close assisted and they operate on the same system as the trunk. Do the door close assists work and the trunk not? Broad questions get broad answers. You can go to the related link to learn much about how the closing assist works on the S series of MB.
Check the emergency trunk release handle. It is in the trunk area, at the rear of the vehicle. If it is not secured in the clip, it can get hung up on something in the trunk area and keep the trunk/hatch from closing. -Tim
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with a crow bar. If the inside of the trunk can be accessed by removing the back seat, I would try that first.
Remove the item from the back which is preventing it from closing. Let's face it, you need to describe a little better why it isn't closing if you want a real answer
I had a similar problem. The trunk latch on the way out, the micro switch wasn't closing and the trunk light was staying on. The design of the trunk latch is pony (plastic hook) - hence the "do not slam" warning tag. This may not be you problem but it's a good place to start.
We took the electric unit out of the trunk, disassembled it and wound the screw jack to the position needed to keep the trunk closed. This took a couple of times to get it right. We left the unit unplugged and now it operates as a regular, non-self-closing trunk. The electric release still works fine.
Sorry this won't sound very technical, but on my 97 have had to do this a couple times...all I did was flick the closing apperatis on the latch on trunk lid and then it closed. I think it got bumped and desended into itself.
AnswerYeah you can take it to the dealer but if you cant do that right now just do it manually. Take the key, put it in the trunk lock, turn it to the right then to the left and shut it by closing it holding the handle........that will definitely work :)
Check the trunk and see if there's not any debris blocking it from closing properly. The latch itself could have debris, or it could be worn and not able to lock like it should. Worse case is you'll have to replace that latch.
You need to access the trunk lever through the back seat that folds down. Be sure to grab a flashlight and a long tool, such as a flathead screwdriver. This is easiest if you have a thin person that can at least put head and torso into trunk (basically lying down through back seat into the trunk) Next, have someone outside the car, with the trunk key. The person in the trunk need to manuever the flathead screwdriver in the trunk latch as the person outside turns the trunk key. I found out if the trunk is slammed shut or closed with a bit o'force, it jams the latch to open the trunk. So, when closing the trunklid, a little bit of pressure is all that is needed, so to prevent having to climb through the cubby hole in the back seat. Thank Mitsubishi for being savvy for the back seat trunk access ... :)