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Tailgate not staying released when operating boot button (fixed)!

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Hi all,

 

Whilst fixing my failed strut problem, I came across another related problem which at first, I thought it was down to a weak strut. Since replacing both struts for new Lotus ones, I was still having this problem. When pressing the boot button (twice), I have to have my hand lifting the spoiler part so that the tailgate would release.

After further investigation and seeing how the locking mechanism works, I soon realised that the problem is the tailgate bump stops on each corner. On the left hand side, I could see a thread on the rubber but the right hand side, no thread? So I've adjusted the right bump stop by turning anticlockwise so I can see a similar amount of threads as left hand side and now it works fine!

Such a simple thing to discover and zero cost to fix.

 

My conclusion is that a weak strut or strong wind has caused the tailgate to slam shut (which is did a while back) has forced the right hand bump stop threaded section further into the hole.

 

If you are having similar problems then check your adjustment, it's dead easy!

 

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PS. It's also stopped a little knocking noise I was getting on bumpy surfaces!

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Nice one,

 

I have been having exactly this problem since I got 'Ethel' back from the repairers, will check this first.

 

Thanks

 

Tris...

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I learned all about adjusting bump stops to millimetre precesion of the bonnet on my Ginetta.  Its now the first thing I look at when a bonnet/boot won't release

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Very clever. Probably explains why mine sometimes doesn't work when parked on a slope but is fine when on the flat.

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Glad to share my experiences and info if it means it will help someone else.

There's lots I am learning about the car and lots of jobs and adjustments I've made so far. If there's any useful finding then I'll post them on here!

Regards

David

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Although offshore at present I will have a play with mine next time home as mine started doing this only last leave and I only noticed it when in my drive which is moderately uphill and at no other time.

 

Thanks!  :unworthy:

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