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back hatch will not onlock

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by Ed Boo, July 16, 2017 at 10:31 PM.


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    1. Ed Boo

      Ed Boo New Member

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      My explorer's back hatch will not unlock. Neither with the key or the power locks, will unlock it. Any Suggestions?
       
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    3. J_C

      J_C Well-Known Member

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      See if you can get off the interior trim panel. I've never tried on mine, just assume they made it possible to get off with the hatch shut for repair purposes. Here's a video that may help but the hatch is open on it:
       
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      It actually is possible to remove the inner trim panel with the hatch locked. Had to do it at a junk yard not long ago to retrieve a part I needed.
       

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