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    Hi, can anybody help?

    2004 Signum, when I press the boot release button on the driver's inside door handle or the key i get the usual beep or flash from the indicators and the number plate light comes on, but the squeeze pad on the outside of the tailgate won't work.

    If i unlock all the doors (ie press the unlock button on the remote key twice) the boot semi-unlocks - I hear the latch release, the boot light comes on but again I can't use the squeeze pad on the tailgate to fully release the lock. This means folding down the back seats, hauling the golf clubs out into the passenger compartment then climbing into the boot from inside to use the key in the emergency release on the inside of the tailgate to get the damn thing to open.

    It was all working fine when I left home yesterday, but half an hour later when I got to my destination it was displaying the above behaviour!

    Covered under warranty, or is this one like the non-washing screen washers where I need to have a furkle around to sort out?

    Many thanks

    Pete

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    Covered under warranty, got main dealer to replace the mechanism on mine a couple of weeks ago for similar problem. On a vec, not a Signum though.

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    Thanks vectravirg, i'll phone main stealers tomorrow, should get an appointment for about 2 weeks time which kinda suits when i'm back from the business trip!

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    The pad will be stuck in, it is just a hinged metal flap which corrodes and jams behind the rubber. This pushes against a little microswitch. If it is already pressing the switch it won't release the lock. If you remove the inside panel and loosen the 2 bolts holding the handle you should be able to pull back the rubber cover on the outside and spray a little wd40 or similar on the flap to work it free.
    I had to do this on a vec estate at work last week, it now works fine.

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    i'll remember that one G.. nice tip...

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    Well it had to wait a week as I'd been away with the car parked up at Heathrow ....

    Followed the above instructions and found that the inside of the release mechanism (where the hinged flap is located) was full of muck and gunk , quick clean out and application of WD40 sorted that out.

    One quick tip if doing this yourself: once you've wrestled with the tailgate inside trim to get that off (including the T25 screw inside the inner handle), undo all the 6mm nuts which hold the long plastic bit that holds the tailgate release and the number plate lights. Then you can access the nuts which hold the tailgate release in place which makes the job of putting the rubber cover back on soooooo much easier!

    And watch out for the clips which hold the inside trim in place .... the ******s fly everywhere!

    The golf clubs are once again accessible ...

    Cheers

    Peter

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    Glad you got it sorted mate.

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    Oh, sorry, thanks to Geoshaw for the solution!

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    well done george mate some good advice there

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