Glimmer Genie

2005 RX300SE Repacing the Tailgate Motor.

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I have a tailgate that won't open. I removed the rubber switch cover, which was in good condition with no sign of any moisture ingress or damage to the switch so I had a look on eBay and found a second-hand tailgate motor that appeared to be the correct replacement. It was only £20 so I bought it. Clearly I ought to have taken my time and done a bit of research first because it turns out that it's not an exact replacement. I think the original motor is fairly basic; you press the switch, the lock releases and you manually lift the tailgate. The  replacement appears to have more features, if the electrical wiring is anything to go by. Anyway, I was wondering if it might be possible to use this motor anyway? Despite being a bit bigger, the unit fits but the electrical connector is different to the one on the original unit. The original unit connects with 4 wires (red, black, yellow and blue) whereas the replacement has at least twice as many (see images attached). I'm wondering if I could swap the electrical connectors and just connect the wires that release the lock (assuming I can work out which they are) and leave all the others disconnected? Any advice would be much appreciated.

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I'm confused - your post is headed "Tailgate Motor" which, to me, means the motor that opens/closes the tailgate but then you say "I think the original motor is fairly basic; you press the switch, the lock releases and you manually lift the tailgate." which would suggest that your car doesn't have a power tailgate and you're talking of the locking/latching mechanism?

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Hi Herbie, thanks for replying - sorry for having confused you. The car doesn't have a power tailgate but the unit I'm talking about is a small electric motor, an actuator if you like, which acts against a lever to release the latch. At the moment, the only way I can release the latch is to climb into the boot and manually move the lever with my finger through a little access window. I've attached an image of the unit I'm trying to replace.

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Aha, all becomes clear now David  :thumbsup:

I'm literally just about to sit down to my tea of BBQ ribs, chips and peas but later on I'll try to find the wiring diagrams if I can.

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2 hours ago, Glimmer Genie said:

Thanks Herbie, enjoy your tea

Cheers David, it was excellent!

Five years ago I had a triple heart bypass so things like that are a very rare treat for me these days.

I had a look for the wiring diagram but the info is spread over multiple pages, so I've just sent you a private message that should help.

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Thanks Herbie, your help is very much appreciated.

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