Halfords MOT dept passed my Alfa 156 this afternoon, with only a wiper blade and 'rewiring' of a non-functioning rear fog light (soldered for £15).
Relieved to be legal for another year, I threw my bags in the boot and started her up. 'BOOT OPEN' said the display. Funny.
I re-opened the boot and gave the lid a good slam. 'BOOT OPEN' said the display. I switched off and restarted the motor - display normal.
Oh well - off I went to B'n'Q for some DIY purchases. Locked the car with the zapper heard the confirmation beep and did my shopping. Came out, put the DIY stuff in the boot and went to drive off. 'BOOT OPEN' said the display, and this time, slamming the lid and restarting the motor did not normalise things.
I headed back to Halfords, thinking that the clues added up to -maybe- that the process of soldering a broken wire in the boot, had disturbed something that detects the boot closure.
Sure enough, the mechanic pointed to the corrugated flexible rubber boot on the left side of the boot lid, and said that was where he had located the broken wire - one, he said of 13 in a 'loom'. He waggled the rubber boot about for a bit, and the 'BOOT OPEN' display went out. Phew!
I drove home and unloaded - gave the boot lid a good slam (!) and expected the usual beep after zapping. Nothing. The locks were all in the 'up' position. Re-tried. Nothing.
Using the key as a key, I tried to lock the drivers door mechanically. The lock went down then sprang up again. After a few more attempts, the driver's door locked - but the passenger door did not. I took the key round to the passenger side and physically locked it. I walked away to the sound of the 'not secure, not secure at all' beep.
Oh well, at least the car is (sort of) locked.
If anyone of you guys knows the location of the boot sensor, I'd be very gratefull if you could share and describe it, as the locking/security system has, in one day, gone haywire.