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2014 Liftgate Won't Open

My switch has now failed for the second time. I have a 2013 CX-5. The first switch was replaced and solved the problem for about 5 months. I have to take the door apart again, but I believe it is due to water leaking in again and shorting the switch. I know the various seals near, above or around the switch aren't terribly great. I'll be checking wiper shaft seals and see about reinforcing any seal near the switch (if I can see it isn't related to anything else). I do believe the connections could be corroded as well, so I'll mention my fix as I solve this issue. I do know that carwash pressure washing anywhere near that switch isn't a great idea on the 2013 models. That seems to be what revived the issue.
 
I'm the OP on this thread. Maybe corrosion from the initial water getting in finally got the contacts messed up? When dealer did my fix it included new connectors and I haven't had any issues since. Recently I started using an automated car wash (heresy...I know) several times per week and so far no problems with water getting in...at least as far as I can tell. All I know is that the liftgate opens when I need it to open. Fingers crossed...
Bill
 
I'm the OP on this thread. Maybe corrosion from the initial water getting in finally got the contacts messed up? When dealer did my fix it included new connectors and I haven't had any issues since. Recently I started using an automated car wash (heresy...I know) several times per week and so far no problems with water getting in...at least as far as I can tell. All I know is that the liftgate opens when I need it to open. Fingers crossed...
Bill
I broke the switch apart and water definitely got inside somehow, but the source wasn't totally clear. I did notice that water can get in from the outside at a car wash if they spray up into the license plate area. The body trim above the plate is supposed to be sealed to prevent water from getting in (I'm at work, so it isn't crystal in my mind what that was). This time, I'm going to double-check seals for anything above the switch. I'm also going to put clear silicone caulking and shrink wrap the problem connections where water can get in. I'll update with photos, etc. later for reference for others.
Thanks for your input.
 
So I finally got my replacement switch, installed it and hatch works like new again. I'm going to seal up any possible leak areas above the switch and seal the connection/plug on the switch with silicone caulk so it doesn't happen again.
 
Yep...do what you can to keep water from getting onto the wiring and switch. If the wiring got wet you could have corrosion rear it's ugly head somewhere down the line. My connectors were corroded so dealer installed new connectors. Like I said...no more issues...so far.
 
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