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Old 29-08-2009   #1
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Weekend tailgate lock

My Weekend tailgate lock does not lock on the central locking. The solenoid clunks over but seems to return back to where it started leaving the tailgate unlocked. I have to lock it with the key. It unlocks perfectly. I have checked the mechanical lock mechanism and it is working as it should.
When the solenoid extends it locks, but does anyone know if it is meant to stay extended? Mine returns to its starting position.
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

Mine does exactly the same thing. All I do is, when I close the tailgate I give it a push on the very left-hand side, a few inches above the bottom edge. It clicks - and then it locks fine on the central locking. This may not work for you but it's free and therefore worth a try
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

That'll probably be because it's not latched properly then - there are 2 latches (obviously) and it will only lock with the central locking if it is correctly latched on both. Try adjusting the latches by slackening off the bolts and moving it out slightly. You can also adjust the bumpstops a little to allow the lid to shut further if you think this is the issue.

If my tailgate isn't properly latched the entire central locking fails and the car will not lock until it is latched....
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

Had the same problem on my marea, i literally stripped the whole system out, cleaned it all up and replaced. Solenoid sounds like its gone tbh, you can probs get one cheap from a scrappy?
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

Thanks for the info guys, much appreciated. The lock is working as it should because I had it all stripped out when I cured the common Weekend tailgate catch sticking problem.

The problem seems to be with the solenoid, I think I will just order one from Fiat rather than change getting another dodgy one from fleabay or the scrappies.
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

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My Weekend tailgate lock does not lock on the central locking. The solenoid clunks over but seems to return back to where it started leaving the tailgate unlocked. I have to lock it with the key. It unlocks perfectly. I have checked the mechanical lock mechanism and it is working as it should.
When the solenoid extends it locks, but does anyone know if it is meant to stay extended? Mine returns to its starting position.
Hi everyone, Im new and Ive bought a weekend today. My problem is the opposite to this, in that I can't open the tailgate !! Can anyone help please ?
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

Is the bit you press in stuck in ? if it is bang on it with your fist
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

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Hi everyone, Im new and Ive bought a weekend today. My problem is the opposite to this, in that I can't open the tailgate !! Can anyone help please ?
Hmm....I thought that was 'standard'...lol!

There is a fix, but I've just taken the interior panel off and pull on the actuating rods from inside the car on the rare occasion that I want it open.

Dont tell me....your rear wiper doesn't work either....

Someone will be along to tell you how to fix it.
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Dont tell me....your rear wiper doesn't work either...
Spot on !!!!
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

Ok I've had a search on the forum, and found a few things to try. I didnt realise it was such a common problem !!
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Done it !!! used a tip given by a member ( cant remember who, but thanks ! )

Now for the rear wiper....
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Ayup !

What did you do ?
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

I removed the rubber surrounding the catch, and oiled it. Sometimes it still gets stuck, but a quick thump puts it right !
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

thread revival.
mine has now got tempramental

the release lever just goes "slack..".

drive around for a bit and it then works again..must be something loose,
locks / unlocks on Central locking OK..,

anybody had this..??

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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

Z-Z-ZOMBIE THREAAAAAD!!

my old wagon used to get the lever stuck in the up position sometimes, always came unstuck when i closed the boot though.

without any more info on what "slack" actually is, it's hard to give a diagnosis, best to just get stuck in and have a fiddle i reckon, it's not the most complicated area of the car.
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