Most new cars are currently equipped with an electric tailgate or at least as an optional extra. As practical as this may be: if the opening angle is too large, the flap can hit the roof of the parking garage, for example, when opening independently. This usually happens when you are not looking, especially at SUVs, station wagons or a van. Only in a classic sedan does the tailgate less risk of being damaged. But even with vehicles with a manual tailgate, it can happen that at large opening angle of the tailgate this strikes the roof of the garage if you do not hold them. The damage can then range from damage to the fragmented rear window. If you are unlucky, high follow-up costs are inevitable.
Tailgate limitation - useful?
In order to prevent the tailgate, for example, in the parking garage strikes the roof, because it opens too far, in a mechanical (So not electrically opening tailgate) Spacers are integrated. These limit the opening angle and thus reliably prevent the flap from being hit. But there is also the possibility of replacing the gas damper itself to allow for regulation. Of course, a damper suitable for the vehicle must be found (Unfortunately, there are many different variants) and the individual opening angle can be checked. If you install such a new damper you have to live with the fact that the tailgate can only be opened to a limited extent over the long term. The software option for an "electric" tailgate is better. In most vehicles with an electrically opening flap, the opening angle limitation can then be set directly in the car menu.
Usually you open the flap with the existing button, then stops it at the desired height or in the necessary opening angle and confirms this position, for example with a long press on the opening button. The new opening angle is then determined. Alternatively, there are pre-stored variants which, depending on the vehicle, can be selected directly in the menu. However, this procedure is completely different for the vehicles depending on the manufacturer, so that should always be looked up in the manual on this subject. Unfortunately, there are also vehicles where no regulation is possible: then you simply can not open the door in the garage. Only then can damage be prevented. If no regulation is possible, in some cases only a padding of the garage roof can help to avoid costly damage when opening the flap.
retrofitted electric tailgate - regulation possible!
For retrofitted electric tailgates, the opening angle can usually be adjusted from the outset. This is necessary because the opening mechanism must be adapted to the individual vehicle for the system to work well. Therefore, when retrofitting an adaptation to your own garage height should be well possible. Here, too, exactly the right system for your own vehicle has to be selected, whereby the manufacturers of the retrofit kits will of course provide information about this.
automatic tailgate on the VW Golf MK5
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