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#1 OFFLINE   scenic

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 06:56 AM

The trunk on my Autoart Jaguar XKR doesn't seal shut. Please suggest if there is anything that can be done to fix the issue.

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 06:54 PM

maybe some interior piece is blocking it, does anything stick out or gap?

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 08:08 PM

No, I don't see anything.

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 08:46 PM

If you dont find a way to fix it you might try to close it with a metal wire like it was originally(I think) installed,  some Autoart models have a little hole in the trunk where the wire go through under the car

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 09:25 PM

Yea, it does have a U shaped thingy sticking out underneath the trunk. I did think of sealing it using a wire but I thought I'll check if there is anything else I could do to fix it.
I have a few metal wires from my other Autoart models though I need to figure out how to pass it through the trunk.

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 12:49 AM

View Postscenic, on 01 April 2018 - 09:25 PM, said:

Yea, it does have a U shaped thingy sticking out underneath the trunk. I did think of sealing it using a wire but I thought I'll check if there is anything else I could do to fix it.
I have a few metal wires from my other Autoart models though I need to figure out how to pass it through the trunk.
First thought that came to my mind as well..Metal wire sill in there... :smile: If not :dunno:  and :sad:

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 01:52 PM

That's weird! Have you fixed it?

Whatever you don't try to bend the hinges etc, they'll snap. I was sold an Integrale where the boot didn't close. I sent it back and the seller tried to fix it and snapped one of the hinges off!

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 02:51 PM

I'm assuming this has dogleg hinges, which, as pointed out above, can be quite fragile.

My first impression is paint thickness somewhere is keeping it from closing properly, maybe where the hinge connects.

Not being familiar with this particular model, but there is probably a single piece of plastic held on with two screws, that hold the hinges to the roof.

Have you considered taking the model apart to do more research on where the interference might be coming from?

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 02:25 PM

I had a similar issue with my Autoart Porsche 928. The seller sent it without sealing any of the opening parts shut so they were all swinging open. Where the trunk attached onto the inside of the roof it had started to work loose. I was able to push it back with slight pressure and it now looks flush like it's meant to be!

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 08:28 PM

Unless it's a known issue, I doubt anyone can tell you what it is without having the model to hand. Is the trunk loose at all? Are the doglegs warped?

You'll most likely have to take it apart.

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 12:30 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys and sorry for the late response. Been really busy the last couple of days. Yes, it has doglegs. From the outside, everything looks normal. As you've all suggested I'll have to take it apart and check what is causing the issue. I'll keep you guys posted. Thank you once again.

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 01:47 AM

Did you get the model new? As in, still with the shipping wire attached ?

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Posted 08 April 2018 - 09:36 PM

Nope I'd picked up a used model

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 01:38 PM

It sounds like the hinges have bent :(

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 02:29 PM

View Postscenic, on 08 April 2018 - 09:36 PM, said:

Nope I'd picked up a used model

Can you provide pictures of it open?  Might be an obvious obstruction, or alignment issue?

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 09:50 AM

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 12:35 PM

Interesting, especially where the paint has been worn away on the two interim stops along either side of the trunk opening.

My first impression is that you could take a small grinding tip on a Dremel and smooth those down, and it would close.  You could get some gloss black paint to cover the scar.

However, since they are molded in, something else isn't right.  Geometry tells me that for those two nibs to be there, and the trunk to close properly, that the hinge at the roof needs to be higher (or closer to the roof).

Is the trunk loose, such that it will move side to side?

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 12:57 PM

Are you able to push the trunk down so that it shuts fully? If you can, then someone has opened it too far bending the hinges.
If Not, then something is definitely blocking it.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 06:47 PM

View Postibj40, on 13 April 2018 - 12:35 PM, said:

Interesting, especially where the paint has been worn away on the two interim stops along either side of the trunk opening.

My first impression is that you could take a small grinding tip on a Dremel and smooth those down, and it would close.  You could get some gloss black paint to cover the scar.

However, since they are molded in, something else isn't right.  Geometry tells me that for those two nibs to be there, and the trunk to close properly, that the hinge at the roof needs to be higher (or closer to the roof).

Is the trunk loose, such that it will move side to side?
Will have to try that out and see if it works. Nope, the trunk does not move side to side.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 06:58 PM

View Postbaseb8, on 13 April 2018 - 12:57 PM, said:

Are you able to push the trunk down so that it shuts fully? If you can, then someone has opened it too far bending the hinges.
If Not, then something is definitely blocking it.

Yup, when I push it down it does shut fully and when I take my hand off it lifts up. It could be the hinges, but the part that is exposed looks alright to me. I'll probably have to take it apart and check to make sure nothing's obstructing it.
Do you guys observe anything else that is unusual?



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