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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 14th May 2019, 09:31 Thread Starter
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Rear boot switch shocking price

My rear boot switch has started to play up again, and thought I'd just take the hit and replace it. I was quoted about £50 last time, but appears that was for the wrong part. The boot lock mechanism is £50. The button/handle couldn't be found by my local citroen.


They referred me to another specialist dealer branch that knows the citroen cars better. It turns out that you can only get the boot handle or switch as an intergral part of the numberplate surround strip, cost £140+vat, needing painted and with no citroen badge on it.


I think I'll just strip it off and see what the problem is. I'm not paying that much for a simple microswitch.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 14th May 2019, 11:19
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How is it playing up?

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Not always opening, or opening on it's own when playing up.

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Mine had a habit of opening on it's own, I solved that by buying a 99p sample strip of household window foam insulation off eBay and sticking that up behind the handle.


Plus I've not had any issues with opening it since either.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 15th June 2019, 21:06 Thread Starter
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Well the button eventually died on mine. Time to strip it down and see what's up:
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Nowhere sells a DS4 switch, the C4 switch is very similar but a different width. so I bought one with the hope of making it fit, initially thinking I could fit a spacer to make it the right width:
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The microswitch looked the same and given that the switch was cheap from ebay, I thought I'd see if it would come out. The new ebay had a rubber/rtv type filling, the original citroen one had some solid epoxy in there.

Peeled out the filling, then brutalised the connector part to get the switch out safely:
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Then on to the citroen part, carefully milling out the resin with a dremel, and working the switch out (chopping the switch pins):
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The new microswitch was pushed in and soldered, then araldite was used to seal it all up and hold the microswitch secure:
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I had to trim the araldite flush since that 1mm raised bulge was enough to stop it going back in.

Once back it, reassembled it all and it worked fine.
The handle was a little stiff, so that was greased at the hinge pivot points, both inside and out. Now it works perfectly.

£7 for the switch off ebay, and probably less that a £1 microswitch was needed from it.

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