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How to Replace Trunk Lock Actuator 01-05 BMW 325Xi

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How to Replace Trunk Lock Actuator 01-05 BMW 325Xi

Created on: 2019-09-11

Watch this video to learn how to replace the trunk lock actuator in your 01-05 BMW 3 series vehicle. 1A Auto shows you how to do it yourself!

  1. step 1 :Removing the Trunk Lock Actuator
    • Remove the eight push pin retainers to move the trunk lid lining aside
    • Remove the three T30 trunk lock actuator screws
    • Remove the trunk lock actuator
    • Disconnect the electrical connector
    • Pry out the plastic cap and lock rod
  2. step 2 :Installing the Trunk Lock Actuator
    • Insert the lock rod and cap into the lock actuator
    • Connect the electrical connector
    • Install the lock actuator
    • Install the three T30 screws to secure it
    • Position the trunk lid liner and secure it with the eight push pin retainers

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Pocket Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

    Plastic Fastener Remover

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T30 Socket

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What's up, guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video, I'm going to show you how to replace the trunk latch on this 2001 BMW 325xi. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

I'm going to open the trunk. Just use the key. I'm going to take these push pins out. There's four on this side, four on this side. I'm just going to use a trim tool. We sell this trim tool at Just get underneath here. And there's two pieces to this pushpin, there's a top part and then the lower part. So you take the top part out and that releases the lower part.

All right, I can actually use another screwdriver for leverage. Just don't smash the window while you do this. There we go. And you want to take these ones out, as well.

I'm going to lower this down. I don't necessarily have to, and I can lower this piece of the insulation. If you wanted to, you could pull, there's two screws right there and right there. You can pull this off and then twist this strap, take that off, but you don't have to.

I'm going to take these screws out, there's three of them. I'm going to use a T-30 socket and a ratchet. Loosen these up. Oops.

Take that last one out. You can slide this back here. Disconnect the connector right there. Pull that out. And then this rod over here.

Just take a straight blade screwdriver, get underneath this little cap right here. Slide that up. And slide that rod off. It's just a plastic rod. And there's the latch.

Here's the old part. Here's the new trunk latch from As you can see, the shape is the same. Has the same latching mechanism, same release mechanism, same connector. Get yours at and you'll be ready to rock and roll.

I'm going to slide this lock rod in position first. Just get that lined up with that hole right there. Sets in. Then put the little lock in, just like that. You can connect the connector over here, just like that. Slide this back in position. T.

ake these screws. I'm going to get all these screws started first and then we'll tighten them down. Now take the T-30 socket and ratchet and just snug these up.

Take this cover, just slide that back in position, and close this. Tighten this down. All right.

We're going to put these pushpins back in. These bottom ones, we didn't actually have to take out, but you can take them out anyway. Just push them in and then lock them down.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pocket Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Plastic Fastener Remover

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Socket

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