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self-locking tailgate/no manual release?
I have a '02 MCS and had a couple of strange experiences last night while I was installing a set of Moss Motors driving lights.
The first instruction is, logically enough, to disconnect the battery.
So I did.
My error was closing the tailgate/hatchback/boot.
After some eight or ten hours of running wires hither, thither and yon, I wanted to re-connect the battery. That's when I made the first distressing discovery: the tailgate/hatchback/boot was locked. How (and why) it locked itself with no battery power entirely escapes me.
Remembering something about an emergency release, I looked in the ever-dependable manual. It told me to remove the lower cushion of the back seat and to pull the little ring attached to the cable.
Now we come to the second distressing discovery; there is no ring. No cable. No nothing.
I got the tailgate/hatchback/boot open using jumper cables and another car's battery, but nonetheless it leaves me with a number of questions, not to mention a slightly bad taste in my mouth.
Does anybody have any idea why the tailgate/hatchback/boot hatch locked itself, or, more importantly, how to get it open if there's no handy source of 12V power?