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Hit the FOB, no sounds from tailgate. Also won't open with interior lock button. Is there some sort of manual release for the tailgate? Dealer closed for the weekend, would like to open tailgate <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Tailgate won't unlock (vdude)

If you look at the area where the trunk opener/handle is on the trunk, to the side there's a place where you can put your key in and manually unlock your trunk. Also, once you get your trunk open check your fuse box on the left side of your trunk - there's a fuse there for the trunk release which may be blown resulting in the inability to open your trunk electronically.
 

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Re: Tailgate won't unlock (vdude)

No luck. There's no keyhole in the tailgate anywhere...only keyhole on outside of car is drivers door. Tried that, no go. Crawled in through rear door, checked fuses, all seem fine. Must be solenoid gave up. Thanks for your suggestion. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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The keyhole is near the rear plate on an SR. I'm not sure if it exists on a VR.<p>This may sound silly but do you have a valet trunk button like an SR at the bottom of your console (under the climate control)? It should be next to the DSTC and Fold Down Headrest. I once hit that button inadvertently and couldn't figure out why my trunk wouldn't open via remote.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sh8kdwn</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The keyhole is near the rear plate on an SR. I'm not sure if it exists on a VR ... </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I was pretty sure that all Rs had a keyhole near the plate BUT i looked in the 04SR manual and it was there, 05VR manual and it only mentioned the driver door lock.<p>05VR Manual States:<p>Unlocking the tailgate<br>The tailgate lock is incorporated in the central locking system and is locked or unlocked when the driver's door is locked/unlocked.<p>The tailgate can be unlocked by: <p>Pressing UNLOCK on the remote control twice. <br>Using the central locking button on the driver's door. <br>Pressing twice on the remote control's tailgate unlock button (see illustration on page 81). <br>Relock the tailgate using the remote's "Lock" button.
 

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<IMG SRC="http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn117/dangeisler/S5001406.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Its under a plastic cover just in case you were looking for a key hole. This pic is from an SR though so maybe you don't have it at all, but here you go.
 

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Push the handle on the tailgate the opposite way as if you are trying to open it. Sometimes mine hangs up and the tailgate won't unlock.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ktm_525</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Push the handle on the tailgate the opposite way as if you are trying to open it. Sometimes mine hangs up and the tailgate won't unlock.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Bingo. Although I pull on the handle and push in at the same time with my other hand. <p>Happens when the tailgate striker becomes mis-aligned.
 

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Re: Tailgate won't unlock (vdude)

Just got car back from dealer....not fuse.....not actuator....turns out the wiring harness went bad! Luckily this $436 (us) repair was covered by my extended warranty. As an aside, there is no way to open the V70R tailgate if the fob or interior buttons don't work. I took yet another look under the lip above the license plate, no plugs or keyholes. There is a place stamped in the steel where the plug would be if they used it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> The techs at the dealer had to crawl through the back seat just as I did when checking the fuses.
 
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