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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 14th May 2020, 23:02 Thread Starter
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Can't get boot opened

Hiya I have a 2011 DS4 can't get my boot opened, it was playing up for a few weeks, popping open randomly or it took abit of fiddling with to open but now it's staying shut. Tonight I just noticed the number plate lights aren't working either. Is this connected? Pricey job to fix?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 15th May 2020, 09:18
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If you look in the owners manual you will find instructions on how to open the boot manually. It involves putting the seats down and reaching in to a small hole by the lock, pushing in a thin screwdriver or drill bit and the boot will open.
As far as why - it is probably a broken wire in the loom where it enters the body from the tailgate. The wires here bend and eventually break. The solution is to cut out a length of wire and solder in new pieces (warning they are all grey!) or replacing the rear tailgate loom (expensive)
If it were only the boot switch the micro switch at the boot opening lever can sometimes fail.
Do your rear wiper still work? That will often fail around the same time due to broken wires.

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I actually never tried the wipers, how much should I expect to pay a mechanic to fix this?
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 16th May 2020, 09:45
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I have no idea but - I would look on the C4 Owners forum. The C4 is eactly the same as far as wiring is concerned. They have a list of independant Citroen garages, try and find one near you and give them a ring, they will have seen this issue before and will be able to give an educated guess. During the 150k miles I had my C4 this happened twice, I repaired it myself once but the next time there were 5 wires broken and all grey so I left it to Braggs of Briston (peugeot Citroen Specialist) who did an excellent job and at a very reasonable price as I remember (307's and 308's have the same problem)

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Thanks for your help, back wiper is working. Uncles Gona replace the micro switch first, when he opened it up a part of it had broken, fingers crossed that might resolve it 🤞
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Thanks for your help, back wiper is working. Uncles Gona replace the micro switch first, when he opened it up a part of it had broken, fingers crossed that might resolve it 🤞

Be prepared for a shock, the microswitch only comes as part of the rear trim that sits above the number plate. Costs about £130 + vat for the unpainted one.
And that switch is uniqe to the DS4, you can but one for the C4 (and other peugeots) extremely cheaply, but it's different.


Mine was the same, the microswitch behaved funny when it was on the way out. Random boot opening or not opening. Having to quickly shut the boot and start the car to keep it shut as the boot wont open with the car running.

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Here's how I fixed mine somewhat cheaper than citroen:
https://www.ds4ownersclub.co.uk/foru...ing-price.html

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Or according to this blog post you can use a switch from a Chevrolet, though the end result looks a bit how you doin' for my liking.

https://www.eurocarcare.net/blog/blog-55.html

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Prefer my fix

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 19th May 2020, 22:53 Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for your help, turns out it was the micro switch, got the back strip which has the switch in it at a local car breakers for £20 and was fitted in 10 mins. 😁
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