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Tailgate electrial issues.

Old 01-12-2019, 02:20 PM
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Default Tailgate electrial issues.

Ok, so randomly to glass tailgate would open when starting the car, this was annoying but i got used to it.
Today the glass section opened and would not shut, after 20 attempts and a really hard slam it shut.
Fast forward a few hours to tonight, it now appears that the glass section will not open - the rear wiper and sprayer dont work, and the boot interior lights are now on, even with the car locked...

Whats going on?!
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:21 PM
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The wires going to your tailgate are breaking and shorting out. This is exceptionally common on E61s. Symptoms are lights out, poor radio reception, trunk or glass randomly opening, no rear defrost, etc. SenCom makes a new wiring harness but is a bit pricey. There are countless posts on this that you will find.


Iíve has to repair my rear defrost line and the rear of my wires look okay. I have awful radio reception and bad keyless entry so Iím troubleshooting to see if it is my antenna amplifier since the wires loom fine.
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