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Strange one, but both my filler flaps stopped working.

I've managed to open one manually from inside the boot. Cables and solenoid look ok. Sprayed some grease on - no luck.

As both sides stopped working at the same time, I think it may be the switch, but I can't figure out how to get take the switch out to inspect/test the connection.

According to the parts handbook there's a bracket behind the leather, but not sure how I can access from the front. Has anyone taken out the switch before? Pointers appreciated.

Is there a fuse or relay for the flap solenoids? Couldn't find anything in the manual....

Some have recommended I take some power to the solenoids directly to see if they are the issue, but how would I do that? Can I just put them to a 12v power source?

Anything else I should be trying?

Thanks,

Sean

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Reporting back for those interested, and in case someone else stumbles upon this thread with a similar problem in future. Managed to get the switch out. Everything looked fine. Played around with

The switch has small locking tabs, you want to squeeze and push from inside the dash, not too hard. Power comes from the purple wire in the center, via fuse 4 as said. The wires to each solenoid are p

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Think that cables been there since I got the car, and the switch did work for the first few days so don't think it is related...

I do need to find out what that cable's actually for though.

Cheers Derek will check that fuse.

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Those switches are used for the power windows, as well.  They just pull out of the doors (or center console, if that is where yours are mounted).   Reach around the bottom of the dash and push down.

 

If you suspect a switch, substitute your passenger window switch, if it is in the door it would be little-used.

 

To apply 12V to the solenoids directly, hook 12V and a ground to each terminal of the battery in the boot. (alligator clips)

 

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One other thought: Is it possible that the solenoids are working but the flaps just don't open? I've had that issue a couple times in the almost three decades I've owned my '88. Have a helper pull on the flaps while the switch is actuated.

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Both mine quit working, but I could hear the solenoids... they just wouldn't unlatch.

I sprayed them with some teflon bicycle lube, and they work fine now.  The old grease had gotten dried out.

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The switch has small locking tabs, you want to squeeze and push from inside the dash, not too hard. Power comes from the purple wire in the center, via fuse 4 as said. The wires to each solenoid are purple-red, you can try putting 12V to one of those to check.

The yellow wire, if standard, would be an ignition switched 12V feed. So better have a look and verify if it's still powered or not, before you get a short!

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Reporting back for those interested, and in case someone else stumbles upon this thread with a similar problem in future.

Managed to get the switch out. Everything looked fine. Played around with the wires and reinserted.

The old fuse looked fine too, but to be safe I replaced it with a new one. That got it working!

Thanks for all the recommendations guys. Glad the solenoids weren't out.

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