Lotus Elan

lotus elan boot lid stuck

PostPost by: Mark 1964 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:22 pm

Hi I wonder if someone can help me?

The boot pull in the door of my lotus elan plus 2 has stopped working with the boot lid in the closed position. ( it pull s out and returns as it should, but doesen't release the boot lid mechanism.Does anyone have any ideas how i can fix this without major surgery?
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PostPost by: Mick6186 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:31 pm

Reach up under the top of the rear offside rear wheel arch and you should find the cable. Give it a good tug and hopefully the boot will open. It may help if you get a friend to pull the boot lid up at the same time,
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:38 am

Have a look in Plus 2 Workshop Manuel.
It says remove number plate and drill hole.
Then use screw driver in hole to release the Boot Lid.
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PostPost by: nigelrbfurness » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:43 am

If neither of the above methods work, if the hinges are of the Hillman Imp type you can drive the hinge pins out which should allow you with care to lift the boot lid and get at the catch.
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:14 am

Your problem could be that the "springy" bit is not central to the body mounted contact. It has become offset so that even with the release fully back it still is held a bit.

Get a helper to push down on the boot lid whilst you are operating the cable. (Normal or wheel arch.)

When you are at full pull - get him / her to pull the lid upwards with a bit of a jerk. (No comments please!)

I have had this if someone moves the car by pushing on the boot lid "lip". Which is the natural place to push!
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PostPost by: TonyJ » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:49 am

If you are still in trouble remove rear parcel shelf and use a metal coat hanger (squashed into a long thin rod with hook on end) and with a torch use this to hook around the metal lever (the wire attaches to) and pull. This will work if it is the wire that is not activating the lever mechanism.
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PostPost by: baileyman » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:35 pm

After you succeed, run a redundant wire to release the lock to some hidden but accessible space. My dad ran one to the left wheel well.

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PostPost by: SGO 2F » Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:42 pm

Driving the hinge pins out will work very nicely. Had to do it a couple of times.
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PostPost by: Mark 1964 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:21 pm

Firstly thank you for all of your responses.
The good news is Mick's initial post did the trick! I can now get to the battery to turn it on and start the car :D
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