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1999 XJR tr, 1999 XJR remote and dash button will not open

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1999 XJR tr
JA: Are you fixing your XJR yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: 1999 XJR remote and dash button will not open the boot . Key works ok and the number plate lights work. How do I fix
JA: Just to clarify, what are the exact lights you're talking about?
Customer: The two lights immediately above the rear number plate
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Not at this stage
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Australia Car
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I haven't tried anything yet. If I can fix myself I will if not will take to a dealer . BTW I am in New Zealand
Expert:  discostew replied 10 months ago.

Hi JA cust, im stew a mechanic here in australia, seems like the solenoid (magnetic motor)that releases the boot catch is either not working itself or has become disconnected from the boot lock mechanism

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
OK Thanks Stew. Where is the motor positioned and how do I get to it ?
Expert:  discostew replied 10 months ago.

hard to say ,,,it will be either in or near the latch(the lock part in the body) or the boot lid itself (though un likley)most of the time lives in a static part of the vehicle(not mobile like the bootlid),should make a decent clack sound when activated,no sound?look for a wiring solenoid issue,,,makes a clack but wont work look for a mechanical problem ,busted cable or link to solenoid,,,find the latch first(may need to start removing lining around boot space as you go)the solenoid will be right at the lock,,if not it will have a link or cable that will eventually reach the solenoid

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Cheers. Will try that
Expert:  discostew replied 10 months ago.

OK ,keep me posted ,follow up questions are free,i'll wait to here from you before i request a rating &/or payment thanks stew

Expert:  discostew replied 10 months ago.


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