Emergency boot release

Alan Surrey

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The good news is that there is an emergency boot release mechanism.:)
You put the key in the lock and turn it anticlockwise. The boot unlocks and pops open. No electricity and no connection to the solenoid required.
The lock is on the boot lid above the rear number plate, faces downwards and is hidden from sight in normal conditions. I hadn't realised/made the connection that it was there! :as001 (2):
This is on a 2008 QPV.

This follows my recent purple panic when the lovely flush fitting cover over the fuel filler cap would not ping open no matter how many times I pressed the release button on the dash. And the tank was all but empty. And it would have been a long walk home.
Thank you, guys, for pointing me to the orange emergency release cord in the boot. It works just fine, but does need an amount of grunt. I fixed the electrical release by cleaning the bolt mechanism with spray-on switch cleaner to remove the gunge of ages, then a little WD-40.

Someone said that there is a similar emergency release mechanism for the boot and it it was to be found under the rear seats.
Actually, there isn't. Possibly because there are enough motors, mechanisms and cables under the rear seats to keep NASA happy, so you probably couldn't thread a release cord through it all. These rear seats have the comfort pack fitted (as approved by all comfort-seeking astronauts.)
All this caused a mild panic and a review of the user manual which was very helpful when I eventually stumbled upon the relevant section.
 

Gazcw

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The good news is that there is an emergency boot release mechanism.:)
You put the key in the lock and turn it anticlockwise. The boot unlocks and pops open. No electricity and no connection to the solenoid required.
The lock is on the boot lid above the rear number plate, faces downwards and is hidden from sight in normal conditions. I hadn't realised/made the connection that it was there! :as001 (2):
This is on a 2008 QPV.

This follows my recent purple panic when the lovely flush fitting cover over the fuel filler cap would not ping open no matter how many times I pressed the release button on the dash. And the tank was all but empty. And it would have been a long walk home.
Thank you, guys, for pointing me to the orange emergency release cord in the boot. It works just fine, but does need an amount of grunt. I fixed the electrical release by cleaning the bolt mechanism with spray-on switch cleaner to remove the gunge of ages, then a little WD-40.

Someone said that there is a similar emergency release mechanism for the boot and it it was to be found under the rear seats.
Actually, there isn't. Possibly because there are enough motors, mechanisms and cables under the rear seats to keep NASA happy, so you probably couldn't thread a release cord through it all. These rear seats have the comfort pack fitted (as approved by all comfort-seeking astronauts.)
All this caused a mild panic and a review of the user manual which was very helpful when I eventually stumbled upon the relevant section.
On a GT there is an emg release, but on the superior QP the clever designers put a key lock in to make it nice and easy!

If the lock doesn't appear to work it helps to push down on the boot lid to release the pressure a little. Never had to use it myself.
 

MarkMas

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Glad that worked for you.
This post is the one that has finally made me feel that I am now longer 'newbie'. Instead, I stroked my grey beard knowingly and thought "Ah, yes, I learned that way back in 2017."
Thanks for that!
:happy2:
 

Gazcw

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Glad that worked for you.
This post is the one that has finally made me feel that I am now longer 'newbie'. Instead, I stroked my grey beard knowingly and thought "Ah, yes, I learned that way back in 2017."
Thanks for that!
:happy2:
Ah, but I bet you do not know the secret start up process for the 4.7 to give you blips on the downshift.