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How to remove and replace electric tailgate handle
Herts Hillhopper
07-03-2010
OK, the long-awaited 'How to' guide on replacing the tailgate handle for Panda's with the misbehaving electric release. <i>(This guide will also let you locate the plug to temporarily disable the boot release when it starts playing up --follow steps 01 to 04 to remove trim, and disconnect plug in
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See last photo - the microswitch is not replaceable. (I'll add some more shots of it later...) Also the moving parts of the handle had seized and what ever provided the 'spring' return function was also no more. So, sadly, not viable (I usually manage to mend things rather than replace, but not this time, I'm afraid)
A nice repair is so much more satisfying, so I was a bit sad when it looked like I was going to have to fork out for a new tailgate handle assembly.

HOWEVER! I've just attempted a bodge/repair/modification which I'm rather proud of.

I removed the micro-switch from between its plastic mounts (requires breaking the plastic welds), cleaned it up, tested it, and refitted it ROTATED 90, so that the micro-switch is triggered by a PUSH on the handle, rather than a pull.

I used Gorilla Glue, which as it dries turns into an expanding foam type thing. It's very tough indeed. It doesn't set quickly, so you have plenty of time to finely adjust the switch, and figure out a way of holding it in exactly the right position. Be careful not to use too much - you don't want to bung up the micro-switch! It's probably the most secure item on the car now...

True, it's a bit odd having to push the handle first, then pull open the tailgate as normal, but it doesn't bother me. I like to think that I've added a 'feature'.

Only time will tell if my bodge lasts...
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Re: How to remove and replace electric tailgate handle

Ok, my previous bodge worked well for a few months. Time to try and fix it again, whilst avoiding paying the crazy amount for a whole new boot handle assembly.

I've sourced this:
forum won't let me paste link to amazon

Just go to amazon (uk) and search for Push Button Waterproof IP67 Microswitch SPDT by Switch Electronics, sold and dispatched by LED-Essential.

It's a direct replacement for the troublesome switch, 4.99! Hallelujah!
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Re: How to remove and replace electric tailgate handle

Great guide, my 2005 Panda's handle was acting up as well.
When I used my rear wiper before driving off, the tailgate unlocked.
Plus the grip itself was stuck in the "pulled" position.

So I took my toolbox to a local salvage yard that has a couple of Panda's with total front end damage.
While I was there I got a single din radio panel (for my mother's Panda, her blaupunkt was malfunctioning).
It took me less than half an hour, and only paid 35 euro's for both parts.
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