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Tailgate won't latch

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:26 pm
by Nandad
Another niggle. D8 Estate. The tailgate will not latch, all other locks work on phip and key. Using a bungee to keep the thing closed.
I have tried all the suggestions I have found on the site but no joy. Solenoid operates, Key turns as normal. Outside handle moves as usual.
Then brainwave put a pen into the latch mechanism on the lock, moves ok just will not stay in the engaged position. All the lock operating rods are ok
Is this going to be a replacement lock?

Re: Tailgate won't latch

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 2:20 pm
by Doggy
I would guess so, but with any luck you'll only need to change the latch mechanism. Might be worth giving it a good spray in WD40 to see if you can free it off.
Mine had a habit of not latching when I first got the car, but after 6 months or so of sympathetic* ownership, it seemed to get it's act together. :?

Re: Tailgate won't latch

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 1:17 pm
by Nandad
Taken the latch off of the car and the actuator rod had worn the connection hole on the latch into a slot . Compared it to another lock from the scrappys and that sorted it. I busted the plastic dodah which locks the rod into the door handle - Another trip coming on.
Thanks for the imfo