Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Eastern ON Canada
Car: 07 OBW 2.5i D-4AT
Feedback Score: 7 reviews
Thanks for reporting this and how you handled it. Good troubleshooting.
There's actually a growing number of threads here about broken wires in the rubber sleeve. Sometimes it's the backup lights, or the rear wiper, or the latch not locking -- in fact I think just about all the electrical functions in the rear gate have been reported as not working with the ultimate finding of a broken wire.
But it's important that you added your experience because this will no doubt help others who have the same problem and look here for ideas.
Unfortunately, it looks as if it's likely other wires in the sleeve will also fail, so if any of the rear gate electrical functions are not working, look in the sleeve again. Also, if a fuse seems to blow repeatedly, and it powers an electrical circuit that includes something in the rear gate, it could be a broken wire at the sleeve touching ground. (Seen this with the clearance and tail light fuse, and with the brake light fuse.)
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