Tip & How-To about 2001 GMC Jimmy

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I've learned these vehicles and similar ones have a problem with the back glass hatch NOT releasing... long and short its likely that the little plastic clip broke, Oreilly's sells it alone for $5... so don't by the whole actuator unless you actually need the whole thing!

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how do you remove the spare on a 2005 chevy colorado


Spare Tire Colorado 2005 will not come down.
The safety hatch was rusted and did move when the friction powered lever tried to release it when the tire was lowered with the crank. The spare came down an inch or so. I used a flashlight to see how the hatch worked. It was easy to see the mechanism thru the openings in the rim. If the hatch has got the slightest friction due to rust, it will not move, since the force delivered by the lever is very low due to the low torque given to it by the friction coupling at the crank axle. The function of the mechanism can easily be seen on the pictures. The procedure to get the spare down after a long time of not being in use is as follows:
  1. Crank down the spare a little in order to release it so it can be turned around for maximum accessibility of the hatch system, which is accessed thru the rim openings.
  2. Shine with a flashlight thru the openings and locate the hatch pin and the maneuver lever.
  3. Move the crank a little back and forth to learn how the lever works. Let go of the crank after a tire-down movement. The lever is supposed to release the hatch. The hatch will of course not release, since it is frozen. Normally the hatch is returned to "lock" position with the aid of a leaf spring when the crank is rotated "up".
  4. Grab a crowbar or similar rigid steel bar and persuade the hatch to open by just bang on the pin in the same direction that the lever wants to move it.
  5. When you see that the pin, which is attached to the safety hatch, has moved to the end of the groove, then continue the cranking in order to lower the spare to the ground.
  6. Remove the spare. Use WD40 to loosen up the hatch and all moving parts, but WD40 is not a long-term lubrication solution. After the WD40 treatment, use a good industrial lubricant or motorcycle chain oil to lube the hatch. Just soak the whole works with oil!
  7. Exercise the spare tire mechanism at least once or twice a year to keep it in good condition. Use your oil spray every time and the system will probably work fine for the next century...
One picture, the one where the system is not lubricated shows the pin. The lever is moved away from its working position to show the hatch pin arrangement. The other picture shows the system in working order.

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Aug 15, 2012 | 2005 Chevrolet Colorado

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2005 GMC BACK HATCH WON'T OPEN


It sounds like the lock actuator has failed or has a poor connection which won't allow the latch to release. What you will need to do is remove the inside rear hatch panel to access the lock actuator. Once you get to the latch use a flat screwdriver to release the latch being careful not to damage the glass.

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Click this link below for more troubleshooting:-- http://technoanswers.blogspot.com/2011/09/rear-hatch-wont-open-on-2005-gmc-yukon.html -------- This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.

Sep 09, 2011 | 2005 GMC Yukon

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My rear hatch want open from the outside nor will the glass open. I had it checked and they said it wasn't getting power to the door but didn't know what the problem was.


I had the same trouble and found that I had to disconnect the glass hatch switch. It is probably defective like mine. I had to release the door by going from the inside and opening a little plastic door and open the whole hatch by using the emergency lever. Then I had to unscrew the plastic panel near the glass hatch and pry it apart just enough to disconnect the glass hatch switch. It is just a small connector that pulls apart. There are two connectors. One for the back wiper and then the glass hatch so make sure you disconnect the right one. This allows me to use the whole door but the glass hatch becomes useless unless you get a new switch.

Jul 05, 2010 | 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor

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Rear door wont open-hatch or window - can open hatch with inside release


Sometimes there is a safety sensor that does not allow it to open if the vehicle is in gear. This sensor may be faulty but most likely not the problem. Remove the inner panel on the back hatch and inspect the linkages from the outside handles to the releases inside the door for the glass and hatch. These have most likely came loose from the latches they operate

May 18, 2010 | 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor

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I cant open the glass on my back hatch any suggestions?


The glass hatch release handles fail all the time on these models (which is why the system was eliminated in 2009 models).

The glass hatch handle is $32 list from the dealer.

Removal and replacement requires a philips screwdriver and a 10mm socket and ratchet with extension.

Open the glass hatch by manually activating it through the access hole on the inside of the tailgate (small square panel covering it)

Remove the two philips screws and the one pop fastener holding the plastic trim on the back of the glass hatch handle area.

Remove the two 10mm nuts holding the handle on, unplug the wire and remove, noting the routing of the wiring on removal.

Reassemble in opposite order, being sure to route the wiring correctly.

Oct 29, 2009 | 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor

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