[xj40] help? 92 XJ40 boot latch broke

I have been lazy in replacing my sagging boot struts and it
finely happened. The boot lid fell from fully open without
any resistance from the struts and slammed down on the
latch. The latch lever will not work and feels like
nothing is connected and in the closed posission. Can
anyone please give me some advice on how to open the boot
to repair the lever. Thanks again for all your help.
Jim
92 XJ6–
Jim531
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In reply to a message from Jim531 sent Sun 22 Nov 2009:

Jim,

First off - have you tried to unlatch the boot lid by
operating the switch in the glove-box?

If that doesn’t work,on your US car you should remove the
rear licence plate and you should see a hole in the panel
through which you can poke a thin screwdriver, waggle ity
around until you trip the boot latch linkage.

If that doesn’t work, see this post with suggested surgery :-

http://forums.jag-lovers.org/avsn.php?736258l16--
The original message included these comments:

I have been lazy in replacing my sagging boot struts and it
finely happened. The boot lid fell from fully open without
any resistance from the struts and slammed down on the
latch. The latch lever will not work and feels like
nothing is connected and in the closed posission. Can
anyone please give me some advice on how to open the boot
to repair the lever. Thanks again for all your help.


Bryan N, '91 Sovereign 4.0 L, RHD
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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Jim,

Did you try releasing it with the switch in the glove box?

That is where the boot release is my newly purchased 1992 Vanden Plas
Majestic.

Don Hawley
Florida, USA

[Original Message]
From: Jim531 jttgomers@verizon.net
To: xj40@jag-lovers.org
Date: 11/22/2009 10:51:16 AM
Subject: [xj40] help? 92 XJ40 boot latch broke

I have been lazy in replacing my sagging boot struts and it
finely happened. The boot lid fell from fully open without
any resistance from the struts and slammed down on the
latch. The latch lever will not work and feels like
nothing is connected and in the closed posission. Can
anyone please give me some advice on how to open the boot
to repair the lever. Thanks again for all your help.
Jim
92 XJ6

Jim531
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In reply to a message from Jim531 sent Sun 22 Nov 2009:

The easiest way I’ve had to gain access to a locked boot
without a key or power is to remove the rear number plate
and upper right plastic backer for the number plate screw.

Slide the open end of a 10mm spanner (jaws facing to the
left) inward and slightly upward at that upper right slot
till the jaws straddle the latch operating rod (only a few
inches). Lever upwards on the operating rod by pressing
downward on the exterior portion of the spanner.–
The original message included these comments:

I have been lazy in replacing my sagging boot struts and it
finely happened. The boot lid fell from fully open without
any resistance from the struts and slammed down on the
latch. The latch lever will not work and feels like
nothing is connected and in the closed posission. Can
anyone please give me some advice on how to open the boot
to repair the lever. Thanks again for all your help.


91 XJ6, 93 Sov, 97 Sov – Driveway’s crowded!
Tampa Fl, United States
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In reply to a message from Win sent Sun 22 Nov 2009:

I attempted that license plate, etc., access on a friend’s '92 and
found there was no such hole access. So he is still shut off
literally. He already has an issue of the entire door lock system
and that my be impairing the boot latch release. I was disappointed
to not find the hole access I had read about before.–
The original message included these comments:

The easiest way I’ve had to gain access to a locked boot
without a key or power is to remove the rear number plate
and upper right plastic backer for the number plate screw.
Slide the open end of a 10mm spanner (jaws facing to the
left) inward and slightly upward at that upper right slot
till the jaws straddle the latch operating rod (only a few
inches). Lever upwards on the operating rod by pressing
downward on the exterior portion of the spanner.


LarryWard '93XJ40 '81MBZ300TD '95 Dodge4x4 CTD
modesto, ca., United States
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In reply to a message from LaJagy sent Sun 22 Nov 2009:

You use the SLOTS for the license plate mount screws in the boot
rear panel for access.

bob gauff–
The original message included these comments:

I attempted that license plate, etc., access on a friend’s '92 and
found there was no such hole access. So he is still shut off


Bob Gauff Owning and Repairing Jaguars Since the Early 70’s
Decatur, TX., United States
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From memory my '88 did not have any slots for the rear number plate and I
resorted to drilling about a 12mm hole and using a screwdriver to trip the
latch.

Regards
Robin O’Connor----- Original Message -----
From: “motorcarman” rancher_dude@yahoo.com
To: xj40@jag-lovers.org
Sent: Monday, November 23, 2009 4:34 PM
Subject: Re: [xj40] help? 92 XJ40 boot latch broke

In reply to a message from LaJagy sent Sun 22 Nov 2009:

You use the SLOTS for the license plate mount screws in the boot
rear panel for access.

bob gauff

The original message included these comments:

I attempted that license plate, etc., access on a friend’s '92 and
found there was no such hole access. So he is still shut off


Bob Gauff Owning and Repairing Jaguars Since the Early 70’s
Decatur, TX., United States
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