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Rear door (hatch) won't open

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Old 04-24-2009, 04:45 AM   #1
tylergabriel
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Question Rear door (hatch) won't open

My rear door has never quite functioned properly since I bought it, there is small gouge in the metal as if someone backed into something idk bought it used, the handle opened just the window for a about a year then that stopped working so my friend (big guy) turned the handle really hard and spun it around 360 degrees then the hatch opened!!! but it stopped working a week latter untill he cranks the handle again all the way around. What's wrong with my hatch? anybody familiar?
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:25 AM   #2
MikeLitt3810
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i ended up taking the handle off 2 bolts from the inside. yes i trashed the inside plastic cover doing it. but now i stick my finger in the hole to the left slight down up gets the glass . to open the gate i pull the rod that goes from center of gate to drivers side and it opens
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another note.. how to remove the handle without trashing the plastic cover. so the glass will open.. propane torch. the handle is plastic heat it up just a little bit and the studs will pull right out. just enough heat to soften it up the studs are pressed into the plastic handle similar to a wheel stud.




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Old 04-25-2009, 01:09 AM   #3
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Thank you so much! I really appreciate the pictures, I'll try it the first spare chance I get!
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:26 PM   #4
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Hello, I've got a similar problem on a '96, looking for a fix. I've ended up doing the same as described, I can turn the outside knob left and it opens the window, can reach in and pull the bar to open door.

One TIP - I managed to get the inside cover off making only a small crack in one spot, not too bad - the key step is, after removing the 6 (or so) small plugs that go around the upper part of the inside cover, and the two screws holding the strap handle on, I realized I needed to remove the cover plug around the lock button, right of center. pried it out with a small screwdriver. Look down inside and you'll see a small phillips head screw - remove it and that's the last thing holding it down. Mine shimmied off easily after that. ALSO - Under it there was a plastic cover over mine, guess it's a dust protector - I peeled it off around the edges and it came off in one big piece, guess I can put it back on when/if I get the door fixed. Still can't figure out exactly what's not working after removing the outside knob, etc. etc. Good luck!
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