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Snowcats95
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« on: September 22, 2015, 01:00:34 AM »

Hi all; the rear glass hatch on my '04 Tek won't fully release. I hear the gate pop when I hit the button on the dash but won't release when I go to open it.  I have to lean on the spoiler a bit while using my key for it to fully open.  Any thoughts on what it could be and /or parts needed?  Thanks  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2015, 06:59:09 AM »

I had mine get stuck a couple of years ago- one side released but the other didn't. I had to remove the plastic inside shell and operate the mechanisms by hand to get them both open.
Those electrical latches are fairly simple. I think next time you have the rear hatch open you remove the plastic shroud and check them out- simple oiling may help. They also might be slightly out of alignment- there are several bolts holding them in and you should be able to adjust them some. There is a wire coming out of each- that is the fail safe open cord which will operate them with no power.
I just kept my plastic shroud off after that- I made an aluminum plate to cover the interior of the gate and left the latch hardware exposed so I could get at it easier.
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2015, 03:33:54 PM »

Thanks!   I'll give those a try and see if it works.
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2015, 09:17:16 AM »

When mine has this problem, the issue is the struts not having enough power to pop open the release.  Does you lid stay up or has it bonked you on the head recently?

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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2015, 10:04:46 PM »

Just replaced the gas springs and the inside release button makes the hatch pop up enough to allow you to open it when you get to the back.

I got bonked a few times before I replaced them.
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2015, 10:01:00 AM »

This was a problem since they were new on the showroom floor. Every one of them has this issue and the answer is to pop it twice. You have to be lifting on it, though, so if you don't have the keyless entry remote, you need to use the key in the lock on the tailgate. The hatch is too heavy and the angle of the gas shocks is too great for it to open correctly.
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2016, 10:39:23 AM »

When mine has this problem, the issue is the struts not having enough power to pop open the release.  Does you lid stay up or has it bonked you on the head recently?

Chris


As a follow-up, my rear lid became erratic and finally wouldn't fully release over the last few months.  Not coincidently, the lid began to sink at an increasing rate.  Replaced the struts last weekend, both the release and sink problem solved.

Chris
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2001 Aztek GT FWD
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Goes by the name of 'Stella.'
Sunroof, D.I.C., Leather Seats, 6-CD / 10 Speaker Pioneer System
A bit "throatier" exhaust system, otherwise stock.
A shade over 210,000 miles
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2016, 08:48:46 PM »

I had this problem with mine until I soaked the release mechanisms a couple times with WD-40. I did this about 2 weeks apart.
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