SalisburySam wrote: ↑
Sat Apr 24, 2021 4:13 am
Oh, you mean the charging cover! Sorry, I was thinking of a different flap flying open at speed...and very confused.
But unless you're talking about the rear opening on a full drop-seat union suit, I think the technical term for that would be "fly."
And damn straight those hinges are built like a (ahem) masonry privy.
And yes, having my flap pop open on the freeway once was enough that I immediately cultivated a habit of making sure it's latched when I close it. But what happens if somebody else
(like an autosound installer putting in a sonar unit) hits the flap-release by mistake? I wonder if he thought the flap-release button on the key was a trunk-release (it does say "hold," just like a trunk-release).
I do note that there's plenty of room under the flap to mount a microswitch (probably with an extra-long spring lever). It would probably take a fair amount of trial-and-error to get the end of the lever high enough to where a latched flap will hold it open, yet low enough that it would close with the flap ajar, and allow the flap to go all the way down without crushing the switch, but I think it could be done. Then just wire it to an indicator light and a beeper, on the 12V bus.