SLK Trunk Lock Actuator Replacement

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The trunk lock actuator finally died on my 1998 SLK 230, which prohibited me from unlocking the trunk through the central locking system. I got tired of constantly needing the key, so I decided to replace it. It was a relatively simple procedure, costing me approx 2 hours of labor.

For the first step, I found that removing the access cover made this job easier. So, start by removing it.

Figure 1. Access cover removed


Next, you will want to loosen the trunk latch. This needs to happen because the linkage between the trunk lock/button and the latch will prohibit the removal of the lock assembly. You will need to realign the trunk latch upon reinstallation. I suggest that you outline the footprint of the latch to the metal lid to assist in realignment.

Figure 2. Loosen trunk latch


Now, you will be able to remove the lock assembly that contains the vacuum assembly that locks/unlocks the trunk.

Figure 3. Lock assembly


Figure 4. Lock assembly, loose linkage


Figure 5. Lock assembly, alternate perspective


To disassemble the lock assembly, depress the latching tabs. As shown in Figure 6, they are located on the bottom side of the upper half of the assembly ( the large black piece on the right)

Figure 6. Lock assembly, disassembled


Locate the vacuum actuator as shown in Figure 7. In this figure, the new unit is in the top of the picture and the old unit is toward the bottom.

Figure 7. Vacuum actuator


Once installed, ensure the vacuum actuator linkage engages the locking mechanism. Figures 8 and 9 show the locked/unlocked position of the assembly.

Figure 8. New actuator installed, position 1

Figure 9. New actuator installed, position 2


Once it is verified that the vacuum actuator has been correctly installed and linkage engaged, reinstall all units in reverse order.

NOTE: Two alignment events need to happen on the reinstallation: the trunk latch, and the lock assembly. From the beginning, you should have outlined the trunk latch, so the realignment there should be easy. The alignment of the lock assembly was trickier, and required more of an 'eyeballing' of the alignment. I tried to capture a correct alignment in Figure 10. The perspective is shot along the surface of the trunk, from bottom towards the top. I tried to show the correct outward extension the button should have from the black bezel. The yellow lines are trying to show that the button should not be flush with the black bezel.

Figure 10. Lock button assembly alignment


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