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How to open broken trunk door?

Discussion in 'General Explorations!!' started by mtg82814, December 21, 2004.

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    1. mtg82814

      mtg82814 New Member

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      My trunk/hatch door won't open. The handle doesn’t grab anything when I squeeze it. (It just kind of flops loose...)

      Can someone tell me how I would open the trunk door if the handle is broken?

      I'm very worried I'm going to get a flat and have no way to release the spare.

      Thanks,

      -Mike
       
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    3. Lee S.

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      Odds are one of those plastic connectors that hold the linkage became disconnected....happened twice to me already. You'll need to remove the hatch interior trim panel which can be done from inside the truck even with the hatch shut....really not that difficult to do. This will expose the linkage (metal bars that connect between the lock mechanism and latches on each side or the door). The linkage is connected to the lock mechanism with the plastic connectors....check them....one or more probably became disconnected.

      Lee
       

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