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OK, so I start with replacing the roof panel rubber seal. Then I eyeball the boot hatch which has been slightly out of alignment with a balky release ever since I

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Just a thought... but have you tried vice-grips on the cable from the inside of the car? (in other words.... perhaps the handle is not pulling the release cable far enough???)

Modifying esprit's.. now that's fun..

PS... I AM NOT A CERTIFIED MECHANIC.. I Have chosen to help those in need, in the past and must not be construed as being a certified technician.

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Hi Pete,

this comes from the Elise corner:

1. Ask someone to pull the lever while you are trying to free the tailgate by wiggling and pushing it...

2. while the handle is pulled, driving on a bumpy road or over a speed bump could flex the body enough to free the tailgate... discussed before, smashing the rear light may give you access to the locking mechanism, but I would try to remove the number plate lights first.

The actuator rod is just above the lights and may be reached with a long pair of pliers.



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