AO Silver Member
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Darkest Dorset.
156 SW Dash Warning - Tailgate open
Half way up the M3 this morning, the tailgate open light came on. No increase in wind noise and no knocking to indicate it was open, so carried on the Fleet Services before pulling in to check. From time to time the warning light flickered and dimmed. When this happened, the radio gave out loud bursts of static.
When I stopped, the tailgate was still firmly latched down, but the dash display continued to warn of an open tailgate. When I tried to lock the car, the central locking reopened, as it would if a door or tailgate were ajar.
After a few hefty slams the tailgate light went out and I was able to lock the car, but when I carried on my journey it happened again within a couple of miles. As before, the light was dim initially then came on full, but there was no flickering this time.
It's all pointing to a dodgy earth on the tailgate open/shut contact switch. Only trouble is, I've no idea where that is! There's no obvious microswitches visible. Is it part of the lock assembly? Is it in the hinges? Am I blind, or suffering from getting up at 04:45 to be in central London for an 08:00 start. Any suggestions?
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