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Brera boot latch cover/flap - fixed

So when I bought the car i noticed the cover/flap which covers the hole where the boot latch sits, was broken. A pretty minor issue I'm sure you'll agree.

But I'm guessing due to the poor design this is a common problem.

I decided it needed fixing and it turned out to be a 20 minute job.


So if anyone else has the same problem here's how to fix it:

1.) Undo 5 small screws trim screws and the 2 boot luggage achor points. Then remove trim.

2.) Take a cable clip and grind down or chop off the flat end of the nail.
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3.) Where the plastic "peg" has broken off the cover/flap, drill a hole slightly smaller than the width of the cable clip nail. The depth and size of the hole should allow the nail to be pushed in and held firmly with about 10mm still exposed.
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4.) Put the spring in place and install the flap into the trim.
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5.) Replace trim and screws etc.

Job done.
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Brilliant - it's annoyed me for a while so good to have a fix
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And what's more, it cost nothing
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Just wish I had the spring.......
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ahhh cool that's me sorted for the weekend!!
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Just wish I had the spring.......
Yeah that's a bit of a problem!
I would have thought any spring of the same "style" would do. I think they're called torsion springs.

Check within the trim or in your spare wheel well if you haven't already, I'd be suprised if it's not floating around there somewhere.

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The flap was down there, easily reattached but fell off again as soon as the tailgate was shut. No sign of the spring in the wheel well. Not the end of the world but would be nice to fix sometime. It's a bit like the rear ashtray that's lost it's springs too (or whatever holds it) and just sits there wide open all the time.

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The flap was down there, easily reattached but fell off again as soon as the tailgate was shut. No sign of the spring in the wheel well. Not the end of the world but would be nice to fix sometime. It's a bit like the rear ashtray that's lost it's springs too (or whatever holds it) and just sits there wide open all the time.

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I don't have an ashtray to worry about!

Has the flap broken like mine? Or is it the trim that's broken where the flap clicks into place?

Maybe a trip to a breakers yard is in order
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Good little fix. I screwed a small screw into the Brera flap on mine.


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The flap was down there, easily reattached but fell off again as soon as the tailgate was shut. No sign of the spring in the wheel well. Not the end of the world but would be nice to fix sometime. It's a bit like the rear ashtray that's lost it's springs too (or whatever holds it) and just sits there wide open all the time.

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There are two spring clips that aren't very well attached.
If you take the ashtray out you should be able to find one
inside the centre console somewhere. It only needs one to
keep it shut. Also small coins etc can stop it shutting too.
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I was mucking about attempting to cure a much more worrying symptom than a missing latch cover today and in taking out the tool kit from the wheel well spotted the little spring underneath the jack! I dug the flap out and it's all clipped back into place now - slammed the tailgate a couple of times and it's still there!! Result!

Noted that the pins on the flap were still intact. The rear panel that it fits onto have two guides the pins slide into, one side was complete but the other has a section missing, I assume that's deliberate to allow it to be assembled?

Looks neater now!

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Good fine

Yeah, the thin pin fits into the 'complete' mount and the thicker pin clicks into the other. I'm suprised it came apart without the pin breaking tho!

It's a small thing but yeah, it looks a lot better with it in place.
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I just wonder how long it's going to stay in place! I'll look at a more permanent fix if it pops off again!
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