Estate tailgate don't lock

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bigknickers
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Estate tailgate don't lock

Post by bigknickers » Fri May 10, 2019 8:21 pm

Hi gang...........the tailgate has stopped locking, I've swept the striker hole n all the bottom seal to no effect. The central locking works fine on the other doors, but the tailgate just goes thump when I close it n can be lifted back up again......any ideas?

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Re: Estate tailgate don't lock

Post by jasper5 » Fri May 10, 2019 9:16 pm

Are you sure the fork in the tailgate hasn't clicked over to the locked position?

If that is ok has the catch come loose on the car body?
Check the fork in the tailgate can be closed and locked using a screwdriver or metal rod.

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Re: Estate tailgate don't lock

Post by bigknickers » Fri May 10, 2019 9:45 pm

Yes, the catch bit is open n works, n the bit in the floorpan isn't loose

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Re: Estate tailgate don't lock

Post by jasper5 » Fri May 10, 2019 11:41 pm

Try adjusting the catch on the floor, bring it higher up.

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Re: Estate tailgate don't lock

Post by GingerMagic » Sat May 11, 2019 12:00 am

Also, check the rubber seal all around the edge, it a bit is not quite fitted in proper then the boot is a bugger to shut...
Any debris in the bit that pushes down around the latch?
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Re: Estate tailgate don't lock

Post by bigknickers » Tue May 14, 2019 10:49 am

Apologies for the delay....................the locky bit in the tailgate, I can move the 'keep' across with a screwdriver, but it won't click into the locked position, is that correct?

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Re: Estate tailgate don't lock

Post by jasper5 » Wed May 15, 2019 10:48 am

bigknickers wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 10:49 am
Apologies for the delay....................the locky bit in the tailgate, I can move the 'keep' across with a screwdriver, but it won't click into the locked position, is that correct?
The catch should lock in place when you move it across with a screwdriver and be able to unlock as you pull the handle. That's why I asked in a previous post.
Try WD40 inside the catch in case the locking part has seized or take the panel of the tailgate and try working the mechanism...something may be stuck.

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Re: Estate tailgate don't lock

Post by bigknickers » Wed May 15, 2019 1:36 pm

Jasper.....................You're a genius!!.........who would have thought WD would have solved the problem!!!..........I wish I could learn to start with possible simple fixes rather than defaulting straight to the worst case scenario.............many thanks!

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Re: Estate tailgate don't lock

Post by jasper5 » Wed May 15, 2019 9:53 pm

Glad you sorted it :) I've had that situation so many times over the years!

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