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    Default Creeky Tailgate Cure.. and a little help needed

    Hi All

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    I know that throughout the forum there have been various posts about unwanted noises coming from the rear. One of the noises that had been annoying me for a while was a creeking noise, that was most evident when reversing up my drive. I finally tracked it down to very slight movement between the tailgate stops and the rubber things by the light clusters. Very simple cure, I used a very thin smear of teflon based grease and the noise has completely gone.

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    I need a little help. I would like to remove the fibre trim from the tailgate/hatch. But before I attempt this I wonder if anyone else has done this and what the proper procedure is?? I don't want to go at it like an idiot and end up breaking something. The reason is that something has worked lose behind the trim (near the grab handle) and makes an annoying noise when driving over very small insects, grains of sand, absolutely everything

    Thanks

    Nidge.

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    Not quite with you as to what your describing as fibre trim? little bit more of an explanation please..

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    Hi and thanks for the reply.

    What I actually mean is the trim that runs along the bottom of the liftup hatch and meets the plastic trim (pic enclosed)

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    Rightyoh.... lemme see if i remember this.. couple of screws (torx) at the bottom... (runs out to car to check....) nope, i'm wrong.. theres 4 push fit clips,(2 either side of the boot latch), they look like a fir tree once removed, need to get underneath them evenly on either side and remove them.

    2 screws up near the screen which are on show that you can see (torx screws), plus you need to pop off the plastic cover on the trim (top left of your pic) remove that torx screw (one either side of boot) and then theres the plastic studs around the bottom to middle half (like you get on a door card) be gentle as you do this as they can become detached from the boot trim.. then it should be free...

    Hope this helps ya

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    as you've got the umbrella holder, their studs will also have to come out to release the centre of the trim panel..oh, and don't forget to remove the trim panel around the lock catch.. it just 'pop's ' on and off..

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    Thanks Mark and Plasma.


    I've been puzzled since I bought the car what those brackets were for, time to buy an umbrella

    I've printed both your replies and will set to work tomorrow, weather permitting and hopefully this will be an end to the rearend clatter woes.

    Again Thanks for all your help.

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    Strange, my Ed100 rattles like a b*astard too. It doesn't when the dog is in tho so its led me to thinking it might be under the boot carpet. Winds me up something shocking!

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    OK,

    I removed all the fixtures and fittings as advised but the trim still refuses to budge. As best as I can make out there are some more fixings behind the trim that are heat glued to it an then push into the tailgate. I didn't want to pull too hard in case anything snapped or ripped. Also the grab handle is also affixed to the metal work and again didn't want to get too violent in case something broke.

    For the time being I'll just turn the stereo up until I get more courage to have another attempt.

    Again thanks for all the advise and tips.

    Bigun,,,, I'm keeping your reply a secret from my wife as she's trying to find any excuse to have a dog.

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    Nidge.

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    the grab handle is on a small lip on the boots metalwork...just push the trim towards the window when the clips are all undone and it will release.. the lip sits in a small groove in the handle..

    fixings check..

    2 screws behind the rear window trim under blanking plugs
    2 more screws in the boot carpet
    4 push in lugs in the umbrella holders..remove the lugs and the holders as well as they keep the trim on..
    4 'christmas tree' fixings .. 2 either side of the lock
    1 lock cover plate.. just unclips..

    then..
    2 popstuds fitted to the underneath of the bootliner each side.. total 4..just un pop..
    now push liner up towards the window and it will fall off onto your head....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    now push liner up towards the window and it will fall off onto your head....
    Thanks very much, Mark... Hard Hat on standby

    Sometimes I find the way that trim is fitted to cars as difficult to figure out as the instructions you get with Ikea furniture, I'm not the most practically adept person in the world. I didn't want to apply too much force to the grab handle and the trim in case things went south. Now that I know to push things toward the glass I'll give it another go.

    Thanks ever so much once again.

    Regards


    Nidge.

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