2012 Renault Koleos tailgate bottom door latch.
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    Default 2012 Renault Koleos tailgate bottom door latch.

    The latch on bottom door broke and in the closed/locked position. In the process of removing it the back plate ,with 3 studs, dropped and disappeared into a cavity. I am stuck as I cannot see it. Does anybody have an idea of how I can retrieve it?

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    Could you try a magnetic pick up tool, assuming it is a steel plate?

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    Thanx for reply. It is a steel plate but so is everything around it. Magnet get stuck on everything. I now consider cutting the cavity open. Before I do that I will wait a few days hoping someone will come up with another idea.

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    What about one of those flexible claw devices used for grabbing parts? I know you can't see it but I'm just making a suggestion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Swannie View Post
    Thanx for reply. It is a steel plate but so is everything around it. Magnet get stuck on everything. I now consider cutting the cavity open. Before I do that I will wait a few days hoping someone will come up with another idea.
    Well yes, that is bound to happen in a car made of steel.
    Don't give up so easily.
    My pick up tool is a flexible metal shaft with a (rare earth) magnet on the end.
    If the magnet is not perpendicular to the metal the attraction is not enough to bind up the tool.

    https://www.tradetools.com/product-r...yABEgI8gvD_BwE
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    Thank you. I will see if I can find one and give it a try.

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    You might also like to invest in an endoscope.
    They're pretty cheap these days if you get one that plugs into your smartphone and the quality is adequate - good.
    Makes life easier if you need to look in hard to get-at places.
    If you can get your magnetic pickup on the plate it should pick up.
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    Give me a photo of where it is approx.
    I have a spare tailgate (yours is still a series 1 so will be the same) and I can give you images of what is below.
    Maybe we can nut it out?

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    The tailgate is pretty simple and apart from the latch there's nothing else in there.
    If you can't get an endoscope, try a small mirror stuck in position with a wad of blue-tack.
    (If you've got kids, ask one of them to have a go at getting the plate. They can get where no adult can).

    I wouldn't be cutting the tailgate open under any circumstances. If I couldn't retrieve the original plate I'd be going to the wreckers and getting another plate and leaving that one that's fallen where it is.

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