Originally Posted by gonzo1954
using small flat blade screw driver ,gently remove front of button from dash.you will see small white switch left in dash,press this if boot opens it is the part you have already removed from dash.if you look at the black peice you have removed you will notice 3 plastic ribs running downback of switch.these need to be shortened in length they are stopping front of switch connecting the micro switch when pushed.Use sharp blade and shorten all 3 by about 6mm and reassemble switch.BINGO IT WORKS
Thanks gonzo1954. Just brought a 2002 GHIA Focus and the boot release in the car wasn't working.
It works ok with the key in the boot lock and also by pressing the key fob button.... from following your advise and shaving a few mm off the three vanes on the rear of the button the boot realese button now works!
It must be that the white rubber boot behind the button wears a bit? and so pushing the button doesn't quite make it contact the switch. So shaving a few mm off these vanes allows the button to be pushed in slightly further and makes the switch work again.