Tailgate opening and closing on its own (Rain related ?)

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Tailgate opening and closing on its own (Rain related ?)

Post by vaise » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:31 am

Not sure if this relates to rain, but been having torrential rain here in Australia lately (no more fires).
The wife reported closing her door, locking car, then the tail gate opened on its own. As she went to it, it started a little dance.
Today it again did this and it opened onto a wall as we were in a car park, I rush to be back and it does another dance - up and down. Got wife to drive forward and I forced it closed. Took it to dealer - of course it never did it there, they said they reset boot stuff or something anyway.
Just now, we were able to catch all this funny stuff on video. Walk past rear with key in hand, boot opens and closes, up and down. Does not matter which key. This was also in the rain.
Im going to take it back to dealer again tomorrow. Its a MY17 car, still under warranty.

Anyone experienced this ?
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Re: Tailgate opening and closing on its own (Rain related ?)

Post by LROwner1337 » Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:41 am

Interesting, yes. Whenever it rains enough, water seems to trigger the foot-operated tailgate feature. I've been at a petrol station before and it's there opening and closing on its own accord while I'm filling it up.

Also last night I was woken up at 2AM to the boot opening and closing by itself in the rain, but this was because the keys were inside the house, alas close enough to the car for it to open still.

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Re: Tailgate opening and closing on its own (Rain related ?)

Post by itsRH » Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:20 pm

Yes I had the same issue on my MY17. The issue was with rain running over the kick sensor for the gesture tailgate.
The dealer found that the sensor was out of alignment.
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