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2010 Escape, Rear liftgate won't open ?

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Old 10-17-2012, 03:25 PM   #1
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Thumbs up 2010 Escape, Rear liftgate won't open ?

Just a heads up if this happens to you. On my wifes 2010 Escape, I could not open rear liftgate, I locked and unlocked it several times, still would not open. Rear glass would open fine, but not the liftgate.

I called dealer and made service appt. Searched around and found someone who said he put the key back in the ignition and turned it on and then it worked.

So I restarted the vehicle and sure enough the liftgate now works fine. This all happened when my wife returned from the store and I went to open the liftgate as she shut off the vehicle, the doors where still unlocked, the liftgate clicked once but that was it. It must have tried to lock itself when the vehicle was shut down and would not reset till I restarted it. Some sort of glitch.

Just thought I would mention it and maybe help someone if this happens to you.

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Old 10-18-2012, 02:21 PM   #2
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Unhappy Liftgate not working again

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Just a heads up if this happens to you. On my wifes 2010 Escape, I could not open rear liftgate, I locked and unlocked it several times, still would not open. Rear glass would open fine, but not the liftgate.

I called dealer and made service appt. Searched around and found someone who said he put the key back in the ignition and turned it on and then it worked.

So I restarted the vehicle and sure enough the liftgate now works fine. This all happened when my wife returned from the store and I went to open the liftgate as she shut off the vehicle, the doors where still unlocked, the liftgate clicked once but that was it. It must have tried to lock itself when the vehicle was shut down and would not reset till I restarted it. Some sort of glitch.

Well I was wrong on this one, the liftgate quit working again. It seems to work maybe once for no reason, but will not work all the time.

So I recalled the dealer and it's going in Monday.
I'll post any results

Ed
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:34 AM   #3
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Sounds to me (I could be totally wrong) like a latch needs replaced... For whatever reason, door latches in my Ford vehicles seem to get replaced more than just about any other part, and I don't think I've owned a single Ford truck or SUV (except my current Escape, knock on wood) that I haven't had to replace at least one latch. Usually the issue is you can open the door but it won't allow you to shut it again, but I could also see it not unlatching correctly.




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Old 10-24-2012, 07:51 AM   #4
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Smile Rear Liftgate, 2010 Escape

All is well again, Ford dealer replaced the latch assembly, still under warranty so no cost. The part # is 9L8Z-7843150 B. It's listed on ebay for about $100.
Ford dealer with discount about $90.00.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:14 PM   #5
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2010 escape rear door latch fix.

I was able to take apart latch assembly and exposed the motor that was failing. The motor reminded me of a motor inside of a hobbiest RC race car I had as a kid. The switch sends a quick 12 volt burst to the motor which uses a gear to pull an arm to release the latch. All I did was lubricate the ends of each side with hobbiest motor oil or 3 in 1 oil will work also. I applied a constant 12 volts to allow the motor to spin to work the oil into the motor ends. This fixed my problem for now. The door latch opens everytime.
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:42 PM   #6
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I have a 2010 Ford Escape with the same problem you are having, it just started yesterday 7/31/2013. Could you let me know what the Dealer Says about the problem and a Solution. Thank You...
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:59 AM   #7
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I have a 2010 Ford Escape with the same problem you are having, it just started yesterday 7/31/2013. Could you let me know what the Dealer Says about the problem and a Solution. Thank You...


The part # is 9L8Z-7843150 B. It's listed on ebay for about $100.
Ford dealer with discount about $90.00.
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:49 AM   #8
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Replaced motor.

If your tech savy, you can replace the part yourself as
2008explorer4x4 listed the entire latch essembly. My vehicle was short of 1000 miles of warranty work. I though am always curious why this part failed and my oiling procedure worked for about a week but then failed again. Found out that the motor inside needed replace but was manufacturered in Germany. The motor only cost $3.00 but they require a minimum $200 dollar order. Then on another forum someone said you could find the motor on ebay for around $6.00 with shipping but you need to press off the gear from existing motor and press on to new motor. It now works like new. I will include the url for this motor.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mabuchi-FC-2...-/160650312326

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Old 08-09-2013, 08:45 PM   #9
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This just happened to my Escape the other day. Checked all fuses, verified they're good. The glass lift gate will open, but not the door itself. When I hit the button, I can hear it click, just not disengage. Any tips on how to open the lift gate from the interior? I don't even know how to get the plastic off, and I can't figure out if it's even possible to release the latch without it.

From what I've described, does it sound like the $6 motor/actuator is the culprit? If so, if I can figure out how to get in there, I think I could pull off this repair.
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Yes. You definitely have the same problem. I was able to access the inside by opening the window and carefully pulled the plastic away. It seems a little difficult but you'll need to pull pretty hard and the snaps should pull away but be carefull because the bottom of the door which you cannot access until you get the door open is attached by 4 screws. Then you can reach down and pull up on the door latch to open. I actually tied a small rope to the door latch and had it hang out the inside of window until I received the motor.
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Yes. You definitely have the same problem. I was able to access the inside by opening the window and carefully pulled the plastic away. It seems a little difficult but you'll need to pull pretty hard and the snaps should pull away but be carefull because the bottom of the door which you cannot access until you get the door open is attached by 4 screws. Then you can reach down and pull up on the door latch to open. I actually tied a small rope to the door latch and had it hang out the inside of window until I received the motor.
Hmmm. And how to I get the plastic casing open that houses this little motor?! The case made by Kiekert labeled PA6 GF30.
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Hmmm. And how to I get the plastic casing open that houses this little motor?! The case made by Kiekert labeled PA6 GF30.
Carefully open each clip on all four sides and it should open. A few of mine snapped but i just used electrical tape to hold unit together.
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ptepe, all advise above was great. I popped out the actuator motor and noticed that its gear was fixed onto a smooth "stem", whereas the motor i bought had a stem with threads which could apparently accept a gear. couldn't get the gear off the old motor easily; can't imagine it would fit anyhow. online i couldn't find any little motors with gears. do you have any help? thanks.
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Yes it is difficult to get the gear off the old motor but I just put it in a vise and was able to pry it off and then carefully pressed the gear onto the new motor which also had the threads. Just be careful not to damage the new motor and the gear off the old motor.

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Liftgate Latch motor replacement

Replacement motor from ebay link worked great! The original motor had a very weak magnetic field, compared to the new one. 2009 Ford Escape is less than five years old.
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