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    Default Rear Tailgate not Opening on vectra estate

    Hi all,
    just had a dilema with the tailgate not opening on my 56 plate estate.......read a few threads about the problem and like many others thought it was going to be the actator motor of the lock.......stripped this out, and found nothing wrong ? put it back together and still nothing ? the interior lights were still on so i figured it was the switch on the exterior itself, so I unplugged it....still no good. i then decided to lock the lock usuing a screwdriver & leaving the boot open....next I put a wire across the terminal of the unplugged switch and hey! guess what it worked

    I un bolted the switch (exterior one - 2 x nuts) & found loads of mucky grunge & water under the rubber gator that covers the switch...whilst it was loose i reconnected it to prove the theory & in doing so I can confirm that its definately the switch......Putting it back together now.....will confirm later once proven......hope this info helps people avoid having to use a dealer....or buying new motors for the lock etc.....

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    Cheers for that well worth remembering, just incase it happens to someone else.

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    Before I file this one away for future reference, where please is what you refer to as "the switch on the exterior" ?

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    Its the rubber coated micro switch that you depress to activate the release. I had the same issue on my prev estate, a relatively easy fix, hardest/most fiddly part was removing the boot trim when replacing the rubber sheath.

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    I unlock my tailgate via switch in the driver's door. Is there another one or is there a difference between models. (mine's a 2004 2.2 direct elite)
    Dave

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    There is a button under the tailgate lip on all estates, I also have an elite, but I now have the automatic opening/closing jobby, so rarely use it, I can open/close from the key.

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    is normaly the outside switch

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    Default just to confirm........

    yes its the outside switch under the outside lip above the number plate i am refering too..........
    just to confirm i put it back together and all is well

    the model of my car is the vectra Sri Nav estate 150...it has'nt got the remote boot opening button on the drivers door...

    Simon.

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    thats the one, outside switch on the boot its self

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