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Over the weekend, I went to open the boot on my Orlando, only to find that it wouldn't open.

Booked it in to the Chevrolet dealer in Derby today, and they've just called to say that the micro-switch inside the boot-handle has failed and they've had to order a new one.

Fortunately, I was able to get everything out of the car via the back doors/seats, including the dog cage (and dog!)
 

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This has just happened to me. Switch completely failed. Changed the fuse just in case but nothing changed.
AAndyjones_98did you get yours fixed yet? Mine is just out of warranty so very annoyed. Anyone know how much this will cost me?
 

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Hi, sorry only just read this reply!

I got my fixed under warranty thankfully, not sure on the cost to be honest.

The dealer had to order the part in from Chevrolet UK.
 

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I've managed to open the boot manually from the inside but I have to crawl from the middle row back. Will enquire by phone tomorrow. The car was out of warranty this July!
 

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Right. The switched is fixed for now. I removed the boot interior plastics. It's all held on with plastic popper type clips. Once all this was removed the whole chrome boot switch/number plate light section was removed. It is held on with four nuts. Be careful removing this so as not to stretch the wiring. The switch itself was too hard to open and was scared of breaking it but could prize one side open enough to give it a few good squirts of wd40. The switch worked so all was reassembled. It's great to have the boot functional again. I also found a new switch on eBay which looks identical and it's for a vauxhall insignia and at only £7.20 I am going to order one now to have in hand should the switch go again.
 

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The quick fix on the boot switch using wd40 only lasted for a day and a half. I have now fitted the vauxhall insignia boot switch I bought off ebay for £7.20. It is identical. It was an easy fit. Just crimped the wires together and tested it before reassembling the interior plastics. So pleased that I saved such a lot of money not to mention the whole day that the garage would have kept my car to do the same job that took half an hour! I've put a link below for the boot switch. Hope this helps anyone else who may want to avoid the garage prices.
vauxhall Insignia boot switch Edited by: Taffy222
 

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I know this is old but in case it happens again, it's fairly easy to open the tailgate from inside the car, as long as you're agile.


Crawl into the rear and remove the round plastic plug at the bottom of the tailgate. Use a very large bladed screwdriver through the hole to operate the lock mechanically by gently turning. Voila!

My problem now is that I need to find a new switch as the main agent wants to charge ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY TWO BLOODY QUID for a poxy switch!!!!!!!!

BTW It's NOT a microswitch. It's a simple rubber moulding with contacts mounted inside it, which is fixed to a metal plate which holds it in place with 4 screws.
 

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Thanks for the link. I'll order one now and save myself £172 to have one fitted by Frosts in Shorham - the Chevy main dealer! How do they justify that sort of money???

It's about 1/2 hour's work, so if we're really generous and say £100/hr that would be £50. Where do they get £122 for a poxy switch?? Even if they charged £100 for fitting, that would still be £72 for the switch. It's tantamount to theft and I'm going to take it up with Chevrolet UK and BBC Watchdog!
 

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Yes I found that way to open the boot but seriously I bought a 7 quid vauxhall insignia boot switch off ebay which was identical to the Orlando switch. Remove plastics from inside the boot door. Remove faulty switch, replace with the new switch and I spliced the wires together. Voila! Works perfectly and has done for months!
 

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Thanks for the confirmation. I'm just going to order the Vauxhall one now.
Now I need to work out what I'm going to say to the main dealer where it's booked in for Tuesday.
The buggers have already charged £62 for a "diagnostic". Plug in their computer, lock motor works, must be the switch. £62 sir, up front and the switch will have to be ordered. It will be £172. Like **** it will!!!
 

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It's a while since I did this switch replacement so all I can say is check everywhere to make sure that you haven't missed a fixing. Even then the plastic is a bugger to remove. Be persistent and it should come off!
 

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Have just replaced tailgate switch,just as you said. I wouldn't have put so much force into pulling off the panel without your instructions. Thankyou all,you are Chevy Heros. I won't hesitate to ask for your help in future Cheers
 
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