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    Canít open the tailgate!

    Never had this problem before today. Canít open the tailgate!
    tried operating the remote several times, moved the car (thinking a bit of chassis twist might do it) and nope, it wonít open. I hear the mechanism doing itís thing but it wonít open.

    any ideas?
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    Canít open the tailgate!

    Itís a very common problem, the actuator (part # FUG500010) gets sluggish and needs to be replaced. Itís housed in the lower tailgate and is a pretty straight forward job once you have the upper tailgate open (Lots of videos on YouTube).
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    Hi

    I had the same problem on my D4. There are lots of links on here and the UK Disco forums with pics of how to pull the trim off the tailgate. It's not difficult once you get the tail gate down! I was lucky and eventually it did open for mey. Otherwise you have to get into the back of the car and cut into the trim. So keep trying and hopefully it will open.

    I got the tailgate actuator part number FUG500010 from Roverlord in Victoria. The part in 2018 was $101. I did the replacement myself which did save heaps compared to getting any dealer to do it. So you may as well order it tomorrow so you will have it!

    There are also some posts on here on how to add a wire trace to it so if the prob occurs again you have a manual backup method. I have not yet done that with mine. Cross fingers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wardy1 View Post
    Never had this problem before today. Canít open the tailgate!
    tried operating the remote several times, moved the car (thinking a bit of chassis twist might do it) and nope, it wonít open. I hear the mechanism doing itís thing but it wonít open.

    any ideas?

    Waiting to get mine repaired.

    Have you tried using the fob unlock at the same time as you try to unlock the top section via the underside locking handle of the actual top section- works on mine as an interim step
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    Quote Originally Posted by speleomike View Post
    Otherwise you have to get into the back of the car and cut into the trim.
    If you canít open the tailgate, you donít need to cut into the trim. Inside the boot you just need to pry the lower tailgate carpeted section away from the hard plastic edge where the lower and upper tailgates meet. Best to use a plastic trim tool but a paint scrapper or flat screw driver would work. Numerous videos on YouTube showing how to do it.
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    Thanks guys. The new actuator is in transit..using the remote at the same time as pressing the lartch has worked so getting to it all should be ok
    thanks again to all
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    Quote Originally Posted by wardy1 View Post
    Thanks guys. The new actuator is in transit..using the remote at the same time as pressing the lartch has worked so getting to it all should be ok
    thanks again to all
    I would highly recommend taking the carpet trim off while waiting for the new actuator to arrive. When the actuator starts to become sluggish it will open now and then for a short period of time then it suddenly wonít work at all. It is an easy job to get the lower tailgate open with the carpet trim removed but a real challenge with it on
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