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Old 03-05-2010, 09:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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power tailgate lock replaced due to closing but not locking

fyi, thought some of you would want to know...i just replaced lock in rear power tailgate due to it not locking after door powered itself closed. original part# was 164-740-00-35 and new part# is 164-740-07-35. I paid $165 with tax for the part. Not too bad of job, but some scrapped knuckles. there is a star bulletin for 2006 164.175/186 "Power Closing Assist in the Tailgate Intermittently Nonfunctional" date 2/24/2006 t-b-72.20/43b.
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Old 03-08-2010, 06:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had replaced the power tailgate on my '08 ML320CDI as well. The mileage was 27500km,. The work was done under warranty at the MB service.
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Old 03-08-2010, 09:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sehu & scott,

Was this to solve a problem where the trunk lid physically closes, but does not lock?

As we've had that happen probably half a dozen times, where you push the red button in the lid to close the trunk, jump in the car and it'll say tailgate open ... requiring you to open and close the trunk again and then it'll close fully & lock the second time around.

It hasn't acted up more recently, so I wondered about the cold causing more friction and slowing down the closing process to get the lock to work right.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yep, that is problem. It closes, but does not lock and pull in that last 1/2 inch. If you can get it fixed under warranty I suggest you do so. Although fixing myself was not too bad.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Do you guys know if there is a non MB Star way to stop the 'bing bing' on the tailgate. I feel a real idiot in a busy carpark with that thing!
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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^ yeah, that ding is a bit loud and annoying. I'd like to turn it off as well.
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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my 2006 ml350 does not make any sound as it closes.
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Old 03-08-2010, 02:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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MY '07 ML CDI has had the tailgate motor replaced twice under warranty and it just broken for the third time. Now it is a manual tailgate!
Otherwise it runs perfectly with 90 K miles on the clock
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zak :-) I hope it's still operating normally at 200K with your mod!
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'06 ml350 power tailgate malfunction. fishy.

Hi,

-2006 ML350
-36600 miles
-Starmark warranty extension until 10/30/2012

The power tailgate on my '03 ml350 will not close. It opens via remote, rear handle, and driver's side switch but won't close. I was told by MB (after paying $150 for a diagnostic) that the repair is $360. They say that the wiring harness that connects the warning buzzer needs to be rebuilt and is not covered under warranty. I declined the repair for now, since I am unsure of warranty coverage now.

On the drive back home, I discovered that the AM/FM radio stopped working (it was working fine before I dropped it off). CDs and MP3s (XM not installed) will play but the radio is silent (screen is functional). The dealer says it will charge another $150 diagnostic and see if it is a warranty repair.

Help? Anything is much appreciated.
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