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I have a Fabia comfort estate and sometimes cannot open the

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I have a Fabia comfort estate and sometimes cannot open the tailgate. I have tried it with the boot lever by the driver's seat and I have tried it without using the lever. Sometimes it works O.K. but when I want it to work urgently it doesn't. The lever on the tailgate doesn't seem to help.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Car
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Expert:  Mike replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

The situation is the same

Expert:  Mike replied 2 years ago.

Hello again -

Thank you for your reply..

Ok , the common fault that occurs with these is either the micro switch in the boot ( that operates when you grab the latch/ press the rubber to open ) , fails... but sometimes the conenctor plug comes off it too ( inside )... Sometimes too - you will get a bad connector there that will cause intermittent operation.

Now it could be that on its own... but I note you say you have trouble wih it even with the lever - that operates the latch to open the tailgate with a bowden cable.. You could have the micro switch issue AND a kinked / stretched cable...OR, you can have a faulty latch mech in itself - causing both issues..

So what you will need to do in this case is remove the inner panel - the plastic panel off the tailgate... then you can see exactly whats occuring - or not. You can manually operate the cable from the lever - see if that opens it then.. if it does - that would indicate the cable has either come loose or stretched ..or kinked along its route - you would have to check it back through ...

Too- you can check the wires / connector to the lock as above.. and manually operate the lock to see what happening.

Another cause of issues with these is breaking wires in the loom - follow the wires back - and check in the tubing where the wires run from the roof area to the boot / gate - peel open the rubbers and check for damage there.

One way or the other as above you should find and be able then to cure the issues you have.

Let me know how you go..and / or let me know if you need anything further on this..

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Best Rgds, MIKE