you remove the tailgate liner and then there are 4 bolts that hold the trim the number plate lights and the switch. Undo these (10mm - a flat ratchet spanner will help - B&Q for around £4) and the whole lot comes away. there is enough slack in the number plate light leads. the microswitch then just unclips from the loom and it just unclips from the plastic as well - Reverse to refitRichard Morton said:Same problem with an 04 1.6 diesel. Seems it's a problem with the switch in the boot release. Has anyone found out how to remove the trim above the numberplate which contains the boot release switch?
Andy C said:and cut the wires leading to the microswitch and touching them together. SUCCESS! I pried the top of the boot lining off from the inside and managed to squeeze my hand in and grab the wires leading to the boot release. I pulled them and managed to cut each of the two wires as close as I could to the boot release. Some more contorting (there really is not a lot of space in there) and I managed to make contact with the two bare ends of the wires and the boot release popped open.
Andy C said:If you unscrewed the small number plates lights on either side of the boot release and stuck a metal hook of some description inside, there are plastic lugson either end of the release housing that must be pressed before it will pop out.
I know the external rubber cover to the switch can be eased off the metal as I managed to to this first by accident. You then ought to be able to get up the side of the switch itself
You have to press them quite hard though and you would be working blind. May be worth a try though.
Found replacement switch on ebay for 15.49 GBP
I had my switch (for a 54 plate) from Fraud at start of Jan 2010for only £17.42