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post #12 of (permalink) Old 11th November 2006
John Searle
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Smile Laguna tailgate problems

I also had the problem of neither the tailgate or the glass not opening. It turned out to be water ingress coming from the drain pipe which leads from the hole at the bottom of the glass on the tailgate. The pipe was just dripping water on the the wiper motor which ran down and dropped right on top of the glass opener switch inside the tailgate. This obviously was shorting out the circuit and stopped the tailgate from opening as well.

After disconnecting the glass switch the tailgate opens no problem. I also sealed the drain pipe on to stop the water ingress. I haven't tried cleaning up the glass switch yet to see if it works again - I've been waiting to see if it is definately the cause. After 3 weeks and some heavy rain I have not had any problems (touch wood!). Will try cleaning up the galss switch and plugging it back in!
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