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  • [Corsa D] Luggage compartment : Corsa 1.2 Active 2008

    Am totally unmechanically minded so am confused over something !!

    My remote central locking key normally locks/unlocks the two doors and the luggage compartment. But today it has stopped working for the luggage compartment.

    Perry's Vauxhall tell me that the sensor in the handle on the tailgate has packed up and I will need to get a complete new door handle/sensor unit in the matching colour.

    If I need to do that I obviously will but I've read the handbook carefully and it says that if I use the key MANUALLY in the drivers door lock it will ALSO unlock the passenger door and the tailgate.

    It doesn't !!! The passenger door and the tailgate remain locked.

    Any ideas? Seems that I'll have to get a new unit. Don't use the boot much but the spare wheel is in there !

    Sometimes I long for the old days without electronics !

    And why don't they make it possible to unlock the boot with a key just as you can the drivers door !!

    Derek in Colne, Lancashire.

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    Although I cant dispute the diagnosis from a vauxhall main dealer I can see your confusion. Its no surprise that a faulty tailgate unit would still fail to work whether you use the central locking 'blip' or manually using a key in the drivers door. But the fact the passenger door doesnt work as it should when manually using a key makes you wonder if this problem might also be the root cause of the tailgate problem.

    It might be a good idea to get a second opinion from an independent garage that specialises in vauxhalls. They often use vauxhall trained technicians and can be significantly cheaper than a main dealer.
    And the part Perrys say is required can probably be obtained cheaper elsewhere. Maybe even second hand. It may also be repairable or can be dismantled so you can put just the electronic bits into your own colour coded lock . Main dealers rarely fiddle about trying to repair things and wont use second hand parts.They just replace whole units. To be fair this might work out cheaper in the long run due to labour costs, and easier to guarantee their work.

    I also tend to miss the old fashioned way of doing things. But nostalgia can be deceptive.Things still went wrong in the old days. In general electronic gismos have made cars cheaper to produce, more fuel efficient and more reliable. But you do become more dependant on garages with the necessary diagnostic computers, with some parts that cannot be repaired other than by expensive replacement. Having a lock that activates possibly by a simple electronic solenoid, with a wire from the control unit, will be cheaper to produce than a conventional lock with a key barrel, with tumblers, pins, springs, etc. Which if it goes wrong due to wear and tear or a thieving scumbag will also be costly to repair,with the complication of matching the barrel to your current key.
    Last edited by Bugman; 01-09-2018, 06:15 AM.

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      Thank you SO much for such a succinct reply Bugman. Much appreciated and much food for thought. I'll send an update when the problems sorted one way or another !! Thanks again. Derek.

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        As said above, something doesn't sound quite right if the passenger lock won't open either. Having said that, there are some strange ways of arranging things in cars these days, so it might be that the boot and passenger door are somehow interlinked, requiring the boot lock to work in order to open the passenger door, but as I say, it doesn't sound right, especially from a safety angle.
        Again, as Bugman says, I would advise that you get a second opinion before you lay out your hard earned cash.

        If you are sure that you need the new assembly, rather than paying Perry's their asking price, I would advise that you look online for AutoVaux - they sell genuine Vauxhall parts, but are generally much cheaper than main dealers - it is worth checking with them anyway.

        Regards

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          Thanks walksall !! The tip about AutoVaux is one I'll check out. I "solved" the passenger door issue in that you need to open drivers door manually with key, then turn ignition on with it. The central locking icon on the central console glows red and if pressed, the passenger door unlocks ! Unfortunately the boot doesn't unlock ! The manual also says that there is a specific fuse (no 6) in the fusebox within the glove compartment that is for the opening of the boot so I wonder if it could be as simple as that. Not keen on trying that in case I muck something up. Thanks again. Derek.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Otrabrit View Post
            Thanks walksall !! The tip about AutoVaux is one I'll check out. I "solved" the passenger door issue in that you need to open drivers door manually with key, then turn ignition on with it. The central locking icon on the central console glows red and if pressed, the passenger door unlocks ! Unfortunately the boot doesn't unlock ! The manual also says that there is a specific fuse (no 6) in the fusebox within the glove compartment that is for the opening of the boot so I wonder if it could be as simple as that. Not keen on trying that in case I muck something up. Thanks again. Derek.
            Replacing a fuse won't cause problems, as long as you're replacing it with the same rating fuse, certainly worth a try as fuses are cheap


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              As JT says changing the fuse shouldnt cause any problems. Although fuses are see- through and you can normally see if it has blown its possible the break might be very small .Its a good idea to fit a replacement of the correct rating anyway as a double check. If the one you removed proves to be ok its now your spare.

              Its a good idea to always have some spare fuses in various ratings,and you might as well carry them in the car. Some cars have 'dummy' fuse slots in the fuse box for carrying spares. And make sure they are the correct physical size for your car. Corsa, (or at least the corsa D) use mini fuses that are quite a bit smaller than the ones you most often see for sale, or sometimes included in spare bulb kits etc. I must confess I nearly came unstuck here. In continental europe its compulsory to carry spare bulbs.I carry two kits, one H1 and one H7 which both had spare fuses,which I though sufficed. I am grateful to Walksall for pointing out Corsa uses mini fuses. I'd never checked. I now have some mini fuses.

              . Sometimes a fuse can blow for no obvious reason and things are fine once its replaced.But usually it indicates a problem, and its quite likely the new fuse will blow immediately,or soon after if the short circuit is intermittent due to vehicle movement,or switching.

              Incidentally when trying to identify and repair a fault you might blow more than one fuse in testing.. Never be tempted to fit a higher rated fuse because its all you have left, or in an attempt to make it less likely to blow.

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              • #8
                Excellent advice Bugman. Thanks for taking the time to post in such detail.

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                  • #10
                    At that price, and with what seems excellent service, I would do as you have done and snatch their hand off.
                    It does prove a point though, as I have said on here before - genuine parts are sometimes the same price (or even less) than the 'might fit' parts from elsewhere.

                    Regards

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                    • #11
                      Yabadabadoo !!

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                      • #12
                        Wow that's a good price! Hope it sorts your issues
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                            That's incredible for the money! Glad it's sorted
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                            • #15
                              More tailgate woes !!

                              Hi

                              Some idiot has pulled off the plastic cover for the tailgate lock on my Corsa Mk3 2009 1.2 Thankfully tailgate still locks and unlocks with remote control but I really need to get another for aesthetic reasons. Its Flame Red but I would be happy to have a black one.

                              Perry's in Colne tell me its about £35 for the entire unit and you cannot buy this small piece of plastic separately (no wonder repair costs and then insurance premiums rise so often). And that's £35 for it in a primed surface. Then its another few quid for some matching paint!

                              Also, it seems odd that the cover, for that's all it is, has a SEPARATE part number (13188288). Totally confusing!

                              Naturally I have been online searching for a much cheaper replacement but they all seem to be about £15 which is cheaper but was hoping to pay less.

                              Emailed a local car breakers (which they invite you to do) but no response. Its my bete-noire that, give you a contact email but then ignore what you send them. You presume they don't have one so they don't bother to respond.

                              Just wondered if anyone has a spare one (red or black) that I could buy for say a fiver plus postage and packaging.

                              Thanks and a happy weekend everyone.

                              Derek
                              Colne
                              Lancashire

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