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Rise and Fall of an ST Tailgate

ST Tailgate Auto Opening

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#1 Topcat

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 01:30 PM

ST with electronic tailgate opening / closing.

When the car is on the level or facing downhill the tailgate will open and stay open. If the car is parked facing uphill the tailgate will fully open and immediately start creeping closed.

Is there a limit switch that is being "confused" by the angle of the car?
Anyone else getting this issue?

#2 whifypantz

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 01:49 PM

what age?

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:23 PM

59 Plate so it has seen some ups and downs... only 42K on the clock but that has little bearing on accessories.

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 06:16 PM

I have MY11 ST and never noticed this problem.

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 07:00 PM

I have an st but no power tailgate, only a stab in the dark but are the hydraulic struts failing?


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 12:59 PM

Ok - have had some time to investigate and there was a weeping of oil from the nearside strut. Glad it was not the offside as that is the actuator and I can't imagine how much that would cost.
Anyway, a call to the Stealers and a new strut will be £88!! Non-stock item "we can order one in for you Sir".

So I went on the internet and found SGS Engineering Solutions www.sgs-engineering.com who proved more than helpful and identified and shipped me a new strut for £21.95 all in.

Strut fitted and no more droop - the wife will be happy.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 08:44 PM

oh you dont want any droopy ones do you.... Mrs topcat will be beaming like a cheshire cat..
but also goes to show that you should always test out the internet, cos someone somewhere WILL be selling it cheaper

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 08:58 AM

Have to say that the biggest reason for sorting the droop was the day I was unloading the car. Opened the boot, picked up some shopping and took it to the house, walked back to the car assuming tailgate was at original (fully opened) hight and wack! If there is one item on an Insignia that is well put together its the tailgate. I am sure accidents like this only happen to teach your kids to swear.




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