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It is a very specific motion - make sure you aren't swiping side ways under the car. Slowly kick your foot forward and back when standing in one of the back 2 corners. it is watching for that very specific motion, not just any motion under the boot.
 

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It is a very specific motion - make sure you aren't swiping side ways under the car. Slowly kick your foot forward and back when standing in one of the back 2 corners. it is watching for that very specific motion, not just any motion under the boot.
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It is a very specific motion - make sure you aren't swiping side ways under the car. Slowly kick your foot forward and back when standing in one of the back 2 corners. it is watching for that very specific motion, not just any motion under the boot.
I think that it's important to watch the Monty Python sketch "silly walk".
 

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I think that it's important to watch the Monty Python sketch "silly walk".
HAHAHA! The MP episode of "Ministry of Silly Walks" was the first MP show I had ever seen! I was wide eyed going "what the H*** is this??" From that moment I was hooked... great stuff - Michael Palin and John Cleese are the greatest! :)
 
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i tried a few swipes and kicks the other day, could not get it working if my life depended on it. just saw the new ford explorer commercial showcasing the same functionality and realized i've been doing it all wrong.
 

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We took it to our dealer but he had only had a 10 percent success rate (after denying the car had this feature at all.) I have managed only a slightly better average, still under the Mendoza line. We have kicked, swiped, and got down on our knees and begged but we still can't get the **** thing to consistently work. The Ford ad only makes me wonder how they can get it so right (or perhaps it is CGI?)
 

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Had much less than a 50% success rate when we played around with the demo, and the salesman wasn't much better. Were trying to do all the right things in the right places, but it seems fickle. Maybe dirt on the sensors? I think it would annoy me too much to ever really use it. It is a cool gimmick, but opening the tailgate the "old fashioned way" (manually or with the button on the remote) has never seemed inconvenient to me anyways.
 

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Have to agree, does not work all the time. It is a specific motion and it has to be in the right spot.
I think one has to be an acrobatic with good balance to get it to work. I thought the purpose of the feature was to make it easier. Imagine having your hands full and trying to balance on one leg and swipe, step back and wait for the tailgate to open!
 

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1. Stand beside the car, not behind it.
2. Slowly kick you leg in and out once from the side, about a foot behind the rear tire.

Worked flawlessly for me on the 2 demos I tested and I did it about 15 times.
 
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