Now driving a BMW :(
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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: West Yorkshire
145 boot lock - Loose!
I had noticed that the boot on our 145 has been fitting worse and the lock seemed to be getting stiffer. On investigation, I found that the two bolts holding the lock in place had come loose.
Itís an easy fix. Open the hatch. There is a rubbery plastic cover that covers the lock on the hatch. (I am on about the opening bit, and not the slam panel). It has slots in it so you can lever it off with a small pry bar or screwdriver. Once it is off you will see two bolt heads. On ours, one fell out, and the other was half way out!!! I took them out, threadlocked them, and tightened them back up. The cover just pops back on.
It might be worth checking, because ours got to the stage where I could only open it from the dashboard switch, and if that had failed, I donít think I would have got the hatch open at all.