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Help with soft close motor for liftgate

Old 04-14-2016, 05:13 AM
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Ok I have a 2006 530xi wagon and trying to troubleshoot an issue with the soft close motor for the liftgate. BMW calls this the trunk lid power lock drive.

Symptoms are the liftgate closes but the soft close motor fails to power on and pull the liftgate all the way close. I've tested the motor and microswitch in the assembly and they both work correctly.

Question - How does the soft close motor know to activate? What is the trigger?

Next question - When I took apart the motor assembly I think the gear for the microswitch may have spun. Does anyone know the correct orientation? Should the switch be open or closed when the latch is full closed? See attached pic.
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Ok I figured out the issue. There was a break in the +12V wire feeding the K207 relay. This is one of the red relays that sits in the wheel well.
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Thanks for the update.
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Ok I figured out the issue. There was a break in the +12V wire feeding the K207 relay. This is one of the red relays that sits in the wheel well.
Here's a more detailed update:
This is a result of water leaking down the passenger side over the fusebox. There is a plug that goes into the fusebox with the output side of the fuses and it appears water sat in that plug and started to corrode the pins. One was broken and guess which one that was . For now I wired the relay to an unused fuse location on the block.

I spent a LOT of time troubleshooting this one. What ended up helping me fix it was the wiring diagrams on BMW-Planet.
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Originally Posted by jallerd View Post
Ok I have a 2006 530xi wagon and trying to troubleshoot an issue with the soft close motor for the liftgate. BMW calls this the trunk lid power lock drive.

Symptoms are the liftgate closes but the soft close motor fails to power on and pull the liftgate all the way close. I've tested the motor and microswitch in the assembly and they both work correctly.

Question - How does the soft close motor know to activate? What is the trigger?

Next question - When I took apart the motor assembly I think the gear for the microswitch may have spun. Does anyone know the correct orientation? Should the switch be open or closed when the latch is full closed? See attached pic.
i have an 07 and my motor looks quite different than the one you have pictured. i didnt realize that there were multiple variants of that part.

glad to see you got it fixed.
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Cargo area rhs fuse board. Plug corrosion.
Originally Posted by jallerd View Post
Here's a more detailed update:
This is a result of water leaking down the passenger side over the fusebox. There is a plug that goes into the fusebox with the output side of the fuses and it appears water sat in that plug and started to corrode the pins. One was broken and guess which one that was . For now I wired the relay to an unused fuse location on the block.

I spent a LOT of time troubleshooting this one. What ended up helping me fix it was the wiring diagrams on BMW-Planet.
Thank you for following up your posts with updates. It helped me a lot. I had previously tried to figure out the problem a year ago and after testing the motor and replacing the relay I had been stumped. Your post led me to actually test the relay plug to see if it was getting power (only reading 7V, suggesting serious resistance circuit) then to tracing the power wire to the fusebox (Brown/Red wire). Checked the 30pin plug and amazing conincidence - serious corrosion on just the lower 10 and whaddaya know, that same pin broken off! Weird it's the only pin broken and same as yours. I guess the corrosion accelerates by bleeding of the 12V through the corrosion itself.

Pulled the Brown/Red wire from that plug and wired it directly to the #53 fuse. We now have soft-close tailgate!

I think this corrosion can be attributed to those damn sunroof drain hose grommets. When I bought the car 2 years ago all the modules and relays from the spare tyre well had already been relocated to the LH side of the cargo area. But they had failed to fix the damn problem. So much standing moisture and humidity trapped for days after rain. I would have ditched this car a year ago but it remains my favourite car of roughly 40 or so over the years. Hard to give it up!

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Soft close wiring circuit & components. Grey block on the right is body control module.
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