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Does anyone know of a simple ilistration of the boot switch and how easy it is for DIY removal.
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Just bumping this thread up to say that, the boot mechanism having failed a second time, I decided not to waste any more of my time getting it fixed and have been using it as is i.e. opening the boot with the dedicated remote button. Yesterday I discovered that it is working perfectly without my having done anything! I'm assuming it's either got jarred into life, or it's a temperature-related thing. Hold your breath.
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My boot mechanism was replaced in Nov 2012 but it developed the same fault as the original one. I spoke to the dealer yesterday and they told me that the part was modified in Dec 2013, so they're going to have another look at mine on 11th Feb. Hopefully the new part will work properly!
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Re: Boot mechanism...

I read this post (#139) thinking: I'll tell my mate, whose wife's Panda 1.2 had the boot mechanism replaced last week, so he's aware that it should be a modified part.
(Unfortunately this visit to the dealer has given him ammunition to knock Fiat quality, because he would have preferred his wife to buy an Up! or Citigo).

Then I read the whole thread, and realised that when my boot stopped unlocking with the doors, a month or two ago, it wasn't because I'd unwittingly changed a setting. Looks like I'll be visiting a Fiat dealer this weekend.
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Re: Boot mechanism...

Disappointed to see this I had the boot lock fail like this twice (thankfully under warranty) on my 500 the dealer seemed completely aware that this was an issue and changed it without hesitation. It did stop and start working several times the first time around before I got fed up having to use the fob every time.

Having switched to a Panda this was one problem I was hoping to have seen the back of I guess not. Does anyone know if it's the same mechanism?
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Re: Boot mechanism...

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Disappointed to see this I had the boot lock fail like this twice (thankfully under warranty) on my 500 the dealer seemed completely aware that this was an issue and changed it without hesitation. It did stop and start working several times the first time around before I got fed up having to use the fob every time.

Having switched to a Panda this was one problem I was hoping to have seen the back of I guess not. Does anyone know if it's the same mechanism?
It's pretty much the same mechanism as the 500, if not identical actually. I don't know what the modification might be, but if it is going to be any use then it needs to be able to keep dirt and grime from wet roads out as that is what causes all the trouble.

Ours is still just about working at the moment so I'll be giving it a good clean out when the weather is a bit nicer. If you go back to posts 89 to 100 in this thread, you'll see that there is a workaround for this. I followed this and the boot switch on our car has been pretty much fine. If it jams up when you are out, you just need to use the "finger/thumbnail" trick to free the switch.

It's not so much a lock failure but that the button just gets filled up with crap, meaning that you can't actually activate it.

However I would say if the solution suggested here doesn't work, then there probably is something more serious wrong.
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Does the boot mechanism make a strange sound when you press the button on the boot door to open the boot? Just today I thought boot mechanism failed as I wasn`t able to open it with first button on the remote. Now it is working again but it makes that strange sound I am not sure if it was there before. Never really paid attention so don`t know if it is normal.

Can anyone confirm there is absolutely no sound when opening the boot?
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Strange clicking sound is gone and boot mechanism is again working like new. Opens like a charm together with all doors after pressing first button on remote. Now that was strange
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Hey alamar,

Have you had a lot of rain recently? If so, it's quite possible the switch just got blocked up with mud/water etc, and now it has dried out?

The weather here in the south west of England has been much better the last month. The boot switch didn't really work properly for about 3 or 4 months this winter (I just kept using the "finger nail" trick).

Anyway, now we have had a long spell of weather with less rain, the boot switch has fixed itself.
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Yes some rain and I had been at self service car wash just two days earlier. Maybe that is the reason for temporary problem.
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