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« on: February 22, 2015, 01:30:25 PM »

When I would hit the rear hatch button you could hear it pop and release. But when I would go to open it, it was still partially caught. So I put new struts on my hatch thinking this would take care of it. It does not. I have also noticed that I can not open my rear hatch with the Key.  Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly taken. Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2015, 09:07:52 AM »

When I would hit the rear hatch button you could hear it pop and release. But when I would go to open it, it was still partially caught. So I put new struts on my hatch thinking this would take care of it. It does not. I have also noticed that I can not open my rear hatch with the Key.  Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly taken. Thanks in advance.


Hi mtccain!

You've found one of those 'Aztek thangs' lol - essentially, the hatch is too heavy for the servos, so you pretty much have to be lifting it at the same time as you hit the release button. Sometimes clicking the button a second time will pop it up enough to be opened, but I just operate on the principle that I need to be lifting as I push the button on the remote.

I remember reading a post or two on here when I first got my Tek from members who had replaced the spring that pops the hatch up and had some success, so you could do a bit of searching. Hope that helps!
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2015, 07:34:40 PM »

Thanks Dave.
I guess its time to breakdown and get a remote.  I hate those things. Just more bulk in the pocket.
Shouldn't the key be able to open the rear hatch? If so mine is not working. Any suggestions?
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2015, 03:20:31 AM »

The key activates the same solenoid that the remote does. It is not a mechanical lock. There may be a broken wire in the tailgate.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2015, 08:51:03 PM »

The button on the dash still works. So I guess I am wondering how it could be a broken wire.  Any thoughts or suggestions on how to run this problem down?
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2015, 11:12:46 AM »

Thanks Dave.
I guess its time to breakdown and get a remote.  I hate those things. Just more bulk in the pocket.
Shouldn't the key be able to open the rear hatch? If so mine is not working. Any suggestions?

Funny, now that you mention it, I've never tried to open the hatch with my key, just the remote or the dash button (if someone is waiting at the back to lift the hatch - or if I hit the button a few times lol). Does seem like a wire is not the likely cause if your dash button still works, although maybe it's a separate wire from the keyhole that the one activated by the button?
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2015, 06:33:16 PM »

This happens on my Aztek as well.  I have to lean on the hatch a little when using the key to get the latch to fully engage.  I'll have to search for that spring.
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