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Old 03-19-2011, 04:44 PM   #21
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Default Re: Help! Rear Hatch Won't Open

I know this is an old thread and its bad etiquette to revive it, but im having the same problems on my 04 vue. Key doesnt turn, trunk isnt opening.

I had an idea though... Would someone be willing to verify if, with those 2 screws you cant get off without opening the trunk removed, you can then remove the trunk trim panel with the door closed?

Thanks, much appreciated...

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Old 03-19-2011, 08:27 PM   #22
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I know this is an old thread and its bad etiquette to revive it, but im having the same problems on my 04 vue. Key doesnt turn, trunk isnt opening.

I had an idea though... Would someone be willing to verify if, with those 2 screws you cant get off without opening the trunk removed, you can then remove the trunk trim panel with the door closed?

Thanks, much appreciated...
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:27 PM   #23
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Default Re: Help! Rear Hatch Won't Open

I thought I'd chime in with my solution. The problem was the latch actuator stopped working so I could not open it. Since I play the upright bass, that's a problem! Recently it's been flaky, working sometimes, but last week it stopped working altogether. After reading this forum I guessed that the actuator was bad and being a cheapskate, I ordered a used working actuator from ebay- $35.00. Today I drilled this hole using a hole saw bit, and the black lever to unlock it is right inside there- flipped the lever with a finger and it was unlocked. Replacing the actuator is a simple removal and replacement. The replacement actuator works like a champ. I can get a round plug at the hardware store to cover the hole.

Hope this helps. Note that the picture is taken from the inside, with hatch closed.
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Now mine's jambed. My Relay is my wife's daily driver. I closed the rear hatch after loading groceries. The first slam didn't result in getting it latched. A second attempt was similarly unsuccessful. The catch pawl appeared to be, while functional, in need of lubrication. I intended to do it after we got home. I noticed a metallic rattle, I'd never heard before, when the door hit 'home'. Actually, it was like the 'ting' of a drum section triangle. I opened and closed a couple times, thinking it was that the Saturn badge was loose, but that was not the case. I closed it up, then headed home.

Upon getting home the door would not open for love nor money. I can hear the actuator working. It does sound like an anemic whine, rather than a click. I don't know if this is normal or not. You can't hear it from the driver's door, only while standing behind the hatch. I've never done it like this before, so I don't know if the 'whine' is normal or not. But, the hatch won't move.

Further discussion with the usual driver, my wife, reveals the hatch has been hinky for a while. She tells me that cycling the lock/unlock, coupled with starting the car, moving it back and forward, seems to 'reset' the mechanism making it possible to open. She did this last night, to no avail. SO, obviously *I* broke it.

Bottom line. How do I get into the mechanism from inside the now locked hatch?

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See my pic an post above. I drilled a hole using a hole saw bit, and used a rubber stopper "cork" from the local ace hardware to cover the hole.

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