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Tailgate Latch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Tailgate Latch Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$60

Talent:

***

Tools:

T30 Torx drivers, trim panel tool, small flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Trunk latch

Hot Tip:

Check trunk latch and button operation before closing trunk

Performance Gain:

Repair broken latch

Complementary Modification:

Replace release button

The tailgate latch is electrically networked with the central locking system and controlled by the general module. The most common issue is the electronic portion of the latch failing. When it fails, the tailgate will not release.

The general module receives a signal from the remote key or tailgate button to open the latch. The general module then sends battery volts to the latch solenoid to open the latch. The latch is supplied chassis ground all the time via a grounding point in the left rear of the cargo compartment.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

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The tailgate latch (red arrow) is electrically networked with the central locking system and controlled by the general module.
Figure 1

The tailgate latch (red arrow) is electrically networked with the central locking system and controlled by the general module. The most common issue is the electronic portion of the latch failing. When it fails, the tailgate will not release.

Working at the tailgate sill, unclip the cargo nets (green arrow) and remove the net.
Figure 2

Working at the tailgate sill, unclip the cargo nets (green arrow) and remove the net. Then remove the three plastic rivets (red arrows). To remove the plastic rivets, lever the center pin out (inset). Then remove the rivet anchor.

Lift and remove the cargo area carpet (green arrow).
Figure 3

Lift and remove the cargo area carpet (green arrow).

Next, pull the tailgate sill trim toward the front of the vehicle to detach it and pull it over the cargo net anchors (red arrow).
Figure 4

Next, pull the tailgate sill trim toward the front of the vehicle to detach it and pull it over the cargo net anchors (red arrow).

Then, lift the trim piece straight up, detaching it from the tailgate seal and remove (red arrow) it from the vehicle.
Figure 5

Then, lift the trim piece straight up, detaching it from the tailgate seal and remove (red arrow) it from the vehicle.

Working at the tailgate latch, disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow) by pressing the release tab and pulling it straight off the latch.
Figure 6

Working at the tailgate latch, disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow) by pressing the release tab and pulling it straight off the latch.

The latch mounting holes are slotted to allow for adjustment.
Figure 7

The latch mounting holes are slotted to allow for adjustment. Before removing the latch fasteners, I like to mark the position of the latch using a paint marker (red arrows). This allows me to get the latch into the same general spot as before. This makes adjusting easier or not needed.

Remove the two T30 latch mounting fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 8

Remove the two T30 latch mounting fasteners (red arrows).

Remove the latch from the body and reverse the steps to install the new one.
Figure 9

Remove the latch from the body and reverse the steps to install the new one. Be sure to check the operation of the tailgate latch before closing the trunk. Use a flathead screwdriver to lock the latch (with tailgate open). Then unlock it using the remote key and trunk release handle.

This photo shows the latch electrical connector.
Figure 10

This photo shows the latch electrical connector. The colors and terminals are for my subject vehicle, a 2008 JCW Cooper S. Be sure to check a wiring diagram for your vehicle to confirm they are the same. The yellow arrow points to Terminal 1 Brown, chassis ground. The grounding point is behind the right rear trim panel. The blue arrow is Terminal 2 grey / green or yellow, and is battery volts supplied by the junction box module to activate the latch solenoid. The green arrow is for Terminal 3, a purple / yellow signal for interior lights, latch open. It grounds when the latch is open. The red arrow denotes the Terminal 4 grey / brown or blue wire, It is the latch microswitch, and is ground when the latch is closed.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Dave Comments: Could the latch be bad if the lid won't lock. Lid stays open all the time. Won't latch.
August 14, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes. Can you get the latch to hold by closing it with a flathead screwdriver? - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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