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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: United Kingdom
156SW lost electrics to tailgate
My Sportwagon had a fight with a fence and lost, the last time we had icy roads. Got it fixed by the insurance company - resprayed bumper at both ends, and most of the panels down the drivers side. Anyhow I got it back and immediately noticed that the rear wiper didn't work any more. This is nothing to do with a seized motor - I've had that recently and got it fixed. Besides when it was seized, I could hear it clicking as it tried to work. This time it's totally dead.
Also I had a bulb out warning light when I put the rear fog lights on. Investigating this I found that it was the passenger side, but that the bulb wasn't blown. I swapped it with the drivers side one and it is the passenger side, rather than the bulb, which has the problem. My glamorous assistant advises me that the passenger side reversing light is out too.
So clearly we have lost power to most of the tailgate. The drivers side lights work. The rear screen washer works. But the rest is dead. Fuses all good. Can anyone give me a clue where to start trouble shooting this?
I don't know if the repair to the car had anything to do with this - I'd have thought the coincidence is a but much, but I can't imagine what they might have done to cause this. Besides my insurer made me use a repairer 40 miles away, so even if they did do it but I can fix it easily enough, I'd go that way rather than make a fuss.