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Old 23-05-2016   #16
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

The levers are stuck, there is a metal peg that moves in groove, lock/unlock moves the peg to position where it catches. A bit of rattling while driving moves the levers to the proper poistion.
If you press it in while it is locked the lever moves, but it is supposed to return by spring.

I've completely disassembled my lock (just C-clips holding it together) and sandpapered the holes a bit bigger and filed the plastic stands shorter so it moves more freely. Also drilled new hole for the spring so it pulls with more force.
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Old 23-05-2016   #17
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

Quote Originally Posted by franglais View Post
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,
Slack - the lever just "waves in the wind"..NOT driving any mechanism..,

does yours do this if the lock is turned to the "DEAD" position..

mine IS tired.. the bar the handle pivots on is redrusty..so the springs are not strong enough to return the handle..it had a small hole already drilled in it, and a cable tie is now fitted for pulling the lever back down..

I've had it all apart twice already.. but this is a new issue.. ( the lock doesn't want to turn..) but had locked and unlocked reliably via the CL, and still SOUNDS as if that's still working.

I'm wondering if the push-pull solenoid has worked loose, https://www.fiatforum.com/attachment...p;d=1426978167
so goes clonk-clonk..but isn't driving the lever arm;
in one spot the lever is loose/free
then fells like it's "rubbing"
then drives normally and opens the latches..
@Neverth..,
just read your reply..,
which parts did you slot,
the handle are..or the 2 x side lock-bolts??
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

I did the handle


And those two holes on the image (larger holes and filed the down, I think I made the plastic washer thinner on the other one)


The keyhole is cut, covered and painted so ignore it.
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

still works when it feels like it..,
I'll attempt to take it apart in the coming weeks..,
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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

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still works when it feels like it..,
I'll attempt to take it apart in the coming weeks..,
or.. about now.

I COULD blame the weather..as the previous post was @355 days ago

started to use the load area a LOT more recently.. and this is becoming a pain

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Re: Weekend tailgate lock

Pulled it all apart. Started to do as @Neverth suggested regarding removing the release handle.

The lightweight 'frame' is only lightly bonded to the main glossy panel..

I was trying to flex the frame enough to release the handle..when a previous plastic repair failed.. releasing the handle and it's one carrier/pivot tube.

Got lots of release oil into the 2 x pivot tubes.wriggle through the range of motion - Then wiped clean.. repeat until free moving.

Pack with grease. then Bond parts all back in place. Wait an hour for setting. Then rebuild.
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As the "Salopian" suggested in one of the 3 x tailgate threads;

I left the tailgate trim panel off for a couple of days in case the release mechanism failed..

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But after a couple of days I put the cover back on the tailgate, complete with the reflective panel screw covers.

All working well. The handle is the easiest moving I've known
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