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OK, where exactly is the sensor located for the foot gesture. I swing it back and forth and eventually it will detect my foot but I dont know exactly where it is.


Does anyone know where it is?
 

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I've been trying to find it too. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I noticed the driver side works more often than the passenger side.
 

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From the owner's manual "Sensors are positioned within the outer parts of the rear bumper. The sensors recognize a valid kick below the bumper level and allow automatic opening or closing of the powered tailgate." See attached picture. Also note that "The gesture action is a smooth kick and return motion, not a swipe motion."
 

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The gesture tailgate is the one feature that I can always get to work.
This is how I trained others in the family:
Think of the rear corners of the vehicle as square.
Use a slow kicking motion from the midpoint of the corner toward the center of the vehicle.
I literally just tried what you said and it worked 100% of the time after a few tries on each side. Thanks for the tip.
 

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Mine has NEVER worked any time that I have actually had stuff in my hands. It only works later when I try to "test it". And, it never seems to work if the car is asleep (i.e. when you've been away for 10 minutes - like in a store where you come out WITH YOUR HANDS FULL!!!!!!).
 

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You guys should make a stink and demand that JLR update the software for that. The sensors are clearly there, they just have to dial in the scope of the gesture. I don't have it but I thought about it and if it functioned correctly it would be great to have. This is something that was promised in promotional materials, you've paid the money for it ... but it sure seems like the functionality is not there.
 

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The gesture tailgate is the one feature that I can always get to work.
This is how I trained others in the family:
Think of the rear corners of the vehicle as square.
Use a slow kicking motion from the midpoint of the corner toward the center of the vehicle.
Thanks, but can you clarify "the midpoint of the corner"? The corner of the car IS a point, and so it does not really have a midpoint. I also am not seeing your 'square' - how is it helpful to consider the rear corners to be 'square'? Is there an imaginary square you are describing here? Where is the square, how big is it? Sorry, maybe this is hard to explain without a picture...
 

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My passenger side is intermittent, but the driver's side in nearly 100% in one kick.
More disturbing is when it closes by itself without the motion, which has happened a few times.
 

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I will say it again although it would appear to be a bit off from the 'official' position. Very easy to be consistent from the rear of the car:

I use a kick motion. Foot directly under and back out. No side to side.
I kick directly below the vertical gap between the liftgate and fender. Works every time now.
 

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I will say it again although it would appear to be a bit off from the 'official' position. Very easy to be consistent from the rear of the car:

I use a kick motion. Foot directly under and back out. No side to side.
I kick directly below the vertical gap between the liftgate and fender. Works every time now.
That explains it. It's a British car after all. Kick it like a soccer ball (uh, I mean football)! Score every time!!
 

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I went to my garage last night and tried 20 straight kicks from standing to the side at the corners and kicking towards the center of the car. It worked the first two times, and NONE of the following 18 ... ?!!!

This morning, with groceries in hand, I tried it 4 times and gave up and pushed the GD button. I firmly believe that the probability of failure is in direct proportion to the number of other people around to watch you do a Lord of the Dance fail in the parking lot. I'm done. I'll use the remote like I have been doing on cars for 20 years.
 

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I think I just had a breakthrough ... 10 successes in a row making my kick sensor work!! After months of Python levels of silliness, humiliation and abject failure.

Here's my "method". Stand a foot away and square on to the 8" sections of your car's back end/tail lights that are just outside of the tailgate, but still behind (vs. to the side of) the vehicle ... i.e. to the inside of the corners. Give a small kick that lifts your foot off the ground only a few inches. If I get close to (or worse, touch) the underside of the bumper it fails to work. Kick straight forward, not side to side at all as long as you're standing square to that small section of the car. Kick once, and wait a second for it to work. It's no faster to respond than the radio.

Good luck, chaps!
 

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Maybe I am just silly to begin with but I find a 45 degree from side single sharp kick gesture works pretty much 100% of the time. But I also have learned to not doing anything else for 2 seconds while I wait.
 
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