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Tailgate actuator failed in closed position

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Tailgate actuator failed in closed position

Post by DeanXC70 » Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:36 pm


I am on what seems to be an epic car repair adventure!

2013 XC-70 T6.

Tailgate closed and will not open under normal conditions. Dash button, key fob button or tailgate switch. No manual opening device available.

Fuse good
Relay good

I can hear the lock actuator motor trying to do something!

Info on dash describes tailgate open and brake lights flashing like i've never seen!

I believe the lock assembly needs to be replaced and am prepared to buy one. But before I do, I would like to learn any and all ‘tricks’ you may have to open the gate to gain access to the part.
I am not interested in breaking interior trim!


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Re: Tailgate actuator failed in closed position

Post by Dolvo » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:14 pm

I know this is an old post but browsing through! I had a similar issue with my V70. It turned out to be the rear tailgate connection loom in the headliner at the rear. To access this I removed the rear light, and then an 8mm bolt. Headliner then pulled down (with clips) and I was able to access the connections. Released the clip, prised both connections open, sprayed in contact/electrical cleaner and then all sorted!

Trunk/boot/tailgate now operates as it should again!

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