Boot light fail­ure

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Q The light in the boot is not work­ing when the hatch­back is opened on my 2004 Ford Fiesta Mk6 1.25 Du­ratec. I have checked the bulb and the con­nec­tion to the bulb holder and they are OK. I un­der­stand that the light is op­er­ated by a mi­croswitch within the hatch­back lock. Do you think it could be the switch and, if so, can it be re­placed? Where can I get a re­place­ment switch? Mick Sabey

A As you say, the mi­croswitch is in­cor­po­rated into the rear hatch lock assem­bly. How­ever, it is built into the catch and is a Ford-only part that is not avail­able as a sep­a­rate item.

I am as­sum­ing you have checked the live feed to the boot light and that this is op­er­at­ing cor­rectly. It may be worth spray­ing the switch in the catch with an elec­tri­cal cleaner as this could help to re­store the oper­a­tion of the switch. It would also be worth en­sur­ing that the switch is prop­erly lo­cated within the catch.

Check also the con­di­tion of the wiring where it passes from the rear hatch to the ve­hi­cle, en­sur­ing that the wire has not frac­tured as this would pre­vent oper­a­tion of the boot light. Us­ing a con­ti­nu­ity tester or ohm­me­ter be­tween the ter­mi­nal on the catch and the boot light should help nar­row down the source of the prob­lem.

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