How to open Range Rover trunk manually

Knowing how to open the Range Rover trunk manually can be a lifesaver when faced with a malfunctioning automatic trunk opener.

In this article, I will guide you through the step-by-step process of manually opening the trunk, ensuring that you can access your belongings without any hassle.

How to open Range Rover trunk manually

Before we move onto the manual opening process, let’s briefly understand how the Range Rover trunk works.

The trunk of a Range Rover is typically equipped with an automatic trunk opener, which allows you to open the trunk with just a press of a button.

However, there are instances when this mechanism may fail due to electrical issues, low battery, or other technical glitches.

Locating the trunk handle

To begin the manual trunk opening process, you need to locate the trunk handle.

In most Range Rover models, the trunk handle is located near the rear of the vehicle, either on the outside or inside of the tailgate.

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the different possible locations of the trunk handle in your particular Range Rover model.

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Accessing the trunk from the inside

If the trunk handle is located on the inside of the tailgate, follow these steps to open the trunk manually:

  1. Start by opening the rear passenger door nearest to the trunk.
  2. Look for a lever or button located near the top of the door, in proximity to the rear seat area.
  3. Pull the lever or press the button to activate the trunk release mechanism.
  4. Once activated, move towards the trunk and push it open manually.

Accessing the trunk from the outside

If the trunk handle is located on the outside of the tailgate, follow these steps to open the trunk manually:

  1. Stand behind the Range Rover near the tailgate.
  2. Locate the trunk handle, which is usually a small rectangular indent or groove near the center of the tailgate.
  3. Insert your fingers into the handle and pull it towards you with a firm grip.
  4. As you pull the handle, you should hear a clicking sound, indicating that the trunk has been released.
  5. Apply a little force to push open the trunk manually.

Checking for trunk lock override

Sometimes, the trunk of a Range Rover may have a lock override mechanism.

This feature allows you to unlock the trunk even if it’s locked or if the automatic opener is not functioning correctly.

To check if your Range Rover has a trunk lock override, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the central locking button on the driver’s side door panel or the Range Rover’s key fob.
  2. Press the central locking button twice, followed by pressing and holding it for a few seconds.
  3. Observe if you hear any unlocking sounds or notice any visual indicators on the dashboard.
  4. If successful, attempt to open the trunk using the trunk handle as explained earlier.


How do I manually open a Range Rover trunk if the battery is dead?

If your Range Rover’s battery is dead, you may not be able to use the central locking button or the automatic trunk opener. In such a scenario, you can still manually open the trunk by locating the trunk handle either on the inside or outside of the tailgate. Follow the steps mentioned earlier in this article to manually open the trunk without relying on electrical mechanisms.

What should I do if the manual trunk opening process doesn’t work?

If the manual trunk opening process doesn’t work, it is advisable to seek assistance from a professional Range Rover mechanic or contact the nearest Range Rover service center. They will be able to diagnose the issue accurately and provide the necessary repairs to get your trunk working again.

Is it safe to manually open the trunk when the automatic opener malfunctions?

Yes, it is safe to manually open the Range Rover trunk when the automatic opener malfunctions. The manual opening process is designed as a backup method to ensure that you can access your trunk in case of any technical issues. Just ensure that you follow the correct steps and use appropriate force while opening the trunk manually.

Can I prevent the automatic trunk opener from malfunctioning?

While some malfunctions are unavoidable, you can take certain preventative measures to reduce the chances of the automatic trunk opener malfunctioning. Regularly check the electrical connections related to the trunk mechanism, keep the battery charged, and refrain from putting excessive weight or pressure on the trunk lid. Regular maintenance and following manufacturer guidelines will also help ensure the optimal functioning of your Range Rover’s trunk opener.

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Gareth Boyd
Gareth Boyd

An avid Land Rover fan, and lover of all models, specifically Range Rover Sports. Having owned over 5 Ranger Rover models, he has encountered every error code and problem you could imagine!

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