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Freelander 1 Tailgate Handle

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by its_broke_again, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. its_broke_again

    its_broke_again New Member

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    I need to replace the handle after i reversed in to a post:mad: I was just wondering how easy it is to replace it and change the key barrel over ?

    Any advice welcome

    Gareth
     
  2. howardo

    howardo New Member

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    Will need to remove the interior tailgate trim. With the window raised remove 4 screws holding bottom of trim to the tailgate, carefully release 7 trim clips around tailgate, the top of the trim is attached by 5 hooks so lift it upwards and outwards.

    Remove plastic waterproof liner.

    There are 3 nuts holding handle to the tailgate.

    The lock barrel is held in by retaining pins that can be unclipped with pliers.
     
  3. Optimus Prime

    Optimus Prime Well-Known Member

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    if you do a search, I did a rather spiffing write up on how to repair the handle when you back into a post. does involve having to stop and pick up all the pieces first though.
     
  4. its_broke_again

    its_broke_again New Member

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    Thanks Howardo.................... Job done:)
     
  5. JimiTheSaint

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    Thanks to Optimus Prime, I saved €200 by following his simple fix instructions in order to repair my broken tailgate handle that broke off in my hand the other day.

    I used an epoxy that was specifically for plastics.

    Thanks again OP... props to you :)

     
  6. OldIrishWulf

    OldIrishWulf Well-Known Member

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    Cant find it . I searched the freelander section and your threads . Never mind .
    My handle is proper broken and a new one is €163+phat from local stealers :rolleyes: .Cheapest I found online was £80 odd+ from Duckworths .

    I intend cutting 3mm sheet aluminium (or whatever I can find)to the shape of the inside of the handle and it will sit at least a few mill inside . I will glue it to the handle using araldite or some such adhesive , after I mark and drill for new bolts .

    I might also fix it some other way once I get the handle off and and see what I can do . I did fix it before using super glue iirc , to glue the broken bits back on . Its held for atleast 2 years, but the bolts are very rusted and the rubber backing is perished badly .I might use the old rubber backing or I might use some inner tube .
     
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    They come up on ebay regular.
     
  8. WLJayne

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    Usually about £100 for a new one. Breakers might do them for a bit less - try John Daunter they've been good :).
     
  9. stephenanson

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    just put my freelander through mot, found out that there is no prop shaft fitted, have i been shafted?? WHAT WOULD BE THE REASON FOR REMOVING IT ?? CHEERS STEVE
     
  10. Diesel Do

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    Try doing a search! It's been covered and I for one am sick of answering it! Plus this threads about tailgate handles? Search freelander vcu, you should find what you need!
     
  11. Optimus Prime

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    sounds like you might have been. rear prop is usually removed to hide a failed or failing vcu, which when failed puts extra stress on the ird which in turn fails.

    vcu replacement inc parts labour etc around £500, ird replacement inc parts labour £1500, no point replacing ird without replacing vcu.

    austen at bell engineering will help you out with a good price if you mention the forum, or better still send him a pm via the forum.

    don't be mad at anyone on here, it's not our fault, we're only trying to help.

    Don't understand any of the acronyms used above, search this forum and find the answers to you freelander based problems.

    good luck and welcome, oh and might be better if you a) searched b) posted this in a thread about rear props rather than drop it in someone elses thread about rear door handles.
     
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    Could be previous owner preferred just front wheel drive or hoping for improved fuel consumption but, as Optimus Prime suggests, more likely knackered rear drive train.
     
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    Just found this topic as my handle just broke. Tip on how to not make yourself ill DONT ANSWER :der:
     
  14. Diesel Do

    Diesel Do Well-Known Member

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    Your handle not your vcu!!! ;)
     
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    Diesel Do Well-Known Member

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    Some people!
     
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    I knew I'd find the answers I needed on here. My tailgate handle came off in my hand the other day and there were many swears - followed by more swears when I saw the price of a new one.
    Got lucky at a local breakers, picked one up (as well as a new wing mirror) and as there was minor damage I'd have to make good I got both items for £20. Some putty stuff sorted the fix.
    Thanks to the info in this threads I had no bother fitting it - and I'm not the most technically skilled person!