Free­lander 2 tail­gate fail­ure

Er­ratic tail­gate lock, or does it just refuse to open? Dave Barker has the DIY an­swer

Land Rover Monthly - - Contents - DAVE BARKER

Dave Barker has the DIY so­lu­tion to a tail­gate that re­fuses to lock or even open

The tail­gate lock on this 2011 10-plate Free­lander 2 was not work­ing cor­rectly and was de­scribed as “hav­ing a mind of its own” by the ve­hi­cle’s owner. The tail­gate was some­times un­lock­ing and open­ing on its own, or when­ever any of the four doors were opened.

Also, if the tail­gate was shut, it could at times open and un­lock when the doors were locked us­ing the cen­tral locking. And, if closed, it would not un­lock when you pressed the re­lease han­dle to open the tail­gate.

This is not an un­com­mon fault on the Free­lander 2 and is caused by a prob­lem with the switch in the tail­gate re­lease han­dle. Also, the lo­ca­tion of the tail­gate han­dle and the aero­dy­nam­ics of the back of the Free­lander 2 means road dirt and wa­ter can be sucked up into the area of the tail­gate. Wa­ter can then find its way into the re­lease han­dle and thus into the switch it­self. The re­sult­ing mois­ture can cause the con­nec­tions to cor­rode or sim­ply short out, mean­ing the tail­gate re­lease switch will not work cor­rectly and so it needs to be re­placed.

A re­place­ment switch on its own is not avail­able, as the switch is an in­te­gral part of the re­lease han­dle so, when it fails, it means the com­plete re­lease han­dle assem­bly needs re­plac­ing.

The re­lease han­dle and switch also comes com­plete with the wiring, and also new style bulb hold­ers and re­place­ment bulbs for the num­ber plate lamps, which have water­proof con­nec­tions and make bulb re­place­ment eas­ier.

The cost of the gen­uine Land Rover re­place­ment part is rea­son­able, and fit­ting is a sim­ple job. The hard­est part of the job is the re­moval of the in­ner tail­gate trim panel.

Mois­ture and dirt finds its way into the tail­gate re­lease han­dle, which causes the switch con­nec­tions to cor­rode and/or the con­nec­tions to short out

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