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Yes,  it is the little hidden handle / flap / lever that you normally use to open the tailgate.

If you hook your fingers under the plastic trim right under H ( honda badge) you will feel the lever / flap - it should be in its fully forward position and there is a spring to return it to correct position,  you pull it towards you to release the tailgate and there is a good change that when you release the lever it will not return to its fully forward position ( you can soon tell because when you try to push it towards the tailgate in the direction of front of car it will move  this is because it was stuck somewhere between fully back and fully forward by rust on the bracket that holds it ) unless it is in its fully forward position it will not engage with the lock-unlock mechanism properly,  and although you can still pull it backwards as if you were wanting to open the tailgate it is just free to move on its own without properly operating the lock.

When you have sprayed some lubricant on the little hinge at either side ( it helps if tailgate is half open in a horizontal position ) you need to work the flap backwards and forwards quite a few time until it can freely move back to the fully forward position on its own, assisted just by its own spring.

The Haynes manuals are of necessity a bit generic but as far as I am aware there is no reason honda would change anything during the 6 year run of GD Jazz,  especially in the central locking department.  I know VW are bit of a nightmare with getting parts,  as my brother found out when he wanted a simple brake pedal switch for his VW ( it was faulty and affecting his cruise control) took him ages and several tries to get correct one - his local dealers were clueless in the end an independent garage got the correct one for him - he will be going back to Jap cars for his next purchase ( he is also surprised how complicated things can be on German cars but the Japs manage to make things simple, as well as far more reliable ).
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Ah OK, think I'm getting warmer. I thought were talking about some square plastic, insert flap, that prized open.Sort of like a tow bar flap you prise off, open.
Attach photo of rear of car. What you  mean, is the boot handle, see red arrow on photo, under the read arrow, where the Honda logo is?

Before I posted on the forum I did look at my Haynes Jazz workshop manual 11:17. Under the tailgate section, talks about lock motor wiring plugs, lock switch wiring plug.

As I mentioned, having to gradually increase the force needed to shut the boot. I thought I might have dislodged one of these plugs. To check on this seems quite involved, time consuming, perhaps having to remove seats so can get to trim on tailgate inside of the car, removing trim etc. I didn't want to do that as might be quite involved and time consuming, only to find no plugs had come loose.

So to remedy the problem it is to do as you say? I know from my Beetle days and being a member of the local Beetle club, and the Beetle Haynes manual, there can be several variants. If I follow the Jazz Haynes manual I have, Honda Jazz 2002-2008, Haynes manual number 4735. Am I going to be OK following the manual to remove interior trim etc or am I going to find some surprises in the layout in the manual, compared to the actual inside of the car?
Cheers for the help  much appreciated :)
Peter.


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Ah OK, thanks for replying. " plastic flap above number plate " I did read about that but my Honda Jazz doesn't have a plastic flap above the number plate, to fix or adjust. I remember looking for the flap but couldn't see one. However I'll double check in the morning light. My Jazz has 150,000 on the clock and is still going like a tank:) Last mot a month or so ago no problems at all...... only one thing..... the ABS light not showing, as you probably know, the regs have tightened up, so had to have the module repaired and another mot...... almost 500.
Cheers

Every MK1 ( and MK2 ) Jazz made has a plastic flap  / lever above number plate - it is in same place where the number plate lights live ( covered by a plastic trim piece below rear windscreen and above number plate - otherwise how do you ever manage to open the tailgate ?
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Honda Jazz Mk1 2002-2008 / Re: Battery quick start
« Last post by culzean on Today at 08:43:25 AM »
The battery is fine. I've left the lights on twice and ran it down. I know I'm an idiot etc etc, but, instead of calling out the AA if it happens again, I'm looking to get a charger, so, any recommendatins on this?

There is a warning alarm on the Jazz when you take key out that lights are on  ( even if only side lights ) - how can you manage to leave lights on ?

A charger will take at least an hour to put enough in a flat battery to start - get one of those batteries like JohnA has,  but you have to remember to keep it charged as well.

By the way every time your battery is allowed to go flat it dies a little, it is called DOD 'depth of discharge' and lead acid ( well any battery really ) does not like to be fully discharged, they like to be kept in top 20 to 25% of charge for longest ife. 
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Honda Jazz Mk1 2002-2008 / Re: Battery quick start
« Last post by John A on Today at 06:49:52 AM »
I've got one of these: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DBPOWER-300A-8000mAh-Portable-Mini-Car-Jump-Starter-Emergency-Battery-yellow/223221440386?hash=item33f908df82:g:k1IAAOSwpblbvgBt:rk:1:pf:0

One of the points I like about it is that it uses a normal micro USB to charge it, not a specialised lead. My girlfriend has it as she keeps on leaving the lights on in her 1.6 Audi. Starts the engine every time when the cars battery won't.
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Honda Jazz Mk1 2002-2008 / Re: Battery quick start
« Last post by Sharon on December 18, 2018, 11:30:24 PM »
The battery is fine. I've left the lights on twice and ran it down. I know I'm an idiot etc etc, but, instead of calling out the AA if it happens again, I'm looking to get a charger, so, any recommendatins on this?
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Honda Jazz Mk1 2002-2008 / Re: Boot won't Unlock After Someone Ran Into Back
« Last post by zeusmc on December 18, 2018, 09:29:23 PM »
Ah OK, thanks for replying. " plastic flap above number plate " I did read about that but my Honda Jazz doesn't have a plastic flap above the number plate, to fix or adjust. I remember looking for the flap but couldn't see one. However I'll double check in the morning light. My Jazz has 150,000 on the clock and is still going like a tank:) Last mot a month or so ago no problems at all...... only one thing..... the ABS light not showing, as you probably know, the regs have tightened up, so had to have the module repaired and another mot...... almost 500.
Cheers 
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Honda Jazz Mk1 2002-2008 / Re: Battery quick start
« Last post by culzean on December 18, 2018, 09:14:55 PM »
Sharon.
 You would be better advised, to purchase a new, battery......

+1

Your battery normally gives plenty of warning of failure you ignore the signs at your peril.....

Make sure negative connections from battety to bodywork and bodywork to engine are tight and not corroded...
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Honda Jazz Mk1 2002-2008 / Re: Boot won't Unlock After Someone Ran Into Back
« Last post by culzean on December 18, 2018, 09:00:31 PM »
The problem with tailgate not unlocking happens to Jazz anyway, whether you have had a shunt or not.

https://clubjazz.org/forum/index.php?topic=9196.msg48906#msg48906

Basic message is that the plastic flap above number plate that you pull to open tailgate can get rusted into its bracket and the spring is not strong enough to pull flap back to its fully forward position that it needs to be in for solenoid to work to unlock and lock properly.  You will need to squirt some lubricant on hinge bracket each side of flap where the hinges are and give the flap a good working to free it up, then push flap fully forward towards tailgate and lock and unlock the doors, the flap mechanism will only engage with lock when it is fully forward ( the spring is supposed to push it to that position when you release it, it is its 'home' position ).
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Honda Jazz Mk1 2002-2008 / Re: Battery quick start
« Last post by Dayjo on December 18, 2018, 07:58:57 PM »
Sharon.
 You would be better advised, to purchase a new, battery......
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