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98 Ford Explorer, Rear Hatch wont open, but glass window will.

I recently moved some furniture everything worked well. The next time I went to open the rear hatch it would not open, even after unlocking the car multiple times. The window glass still opens and works fine. I am an extreme novice and hope this isnt a severely complicated problem.

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  • tdizzile34 Nov 18, 2008

    Actually I just went outside and tried to figure out more about the problem....and its eems as if the handle isnt catching whatever it needs to open..so its probably NOT the lock...when I pull the handle I get no resistence, so I'm thinking its not catching what ever wire it needs, to open.

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 1998 Explorer rear hatch but it wasnt' caused by force. Any other suggestions on how to get it to open?
    Thanks,

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    rear window opens but not the big door

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    can i fix the window on the rear from falling down every time i open it up

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Where is button to open hatch

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I also have an 98 ford explorer my rear hatch does the same the way i sometimes can open it is by holding down the unlock button to open it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it don't how can i fix this problem?

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The back side of the handle shears off from the latch actuator rod assembly. The handle has to be replaced. The interior panel can be removed to access the latch actuator rods. Can see them dangling. Pull them towards each other and the lift gate will open.

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Haev some one help you by pushing on the door wjile you try to open it. it needs little force. what happen is the catch is off align, when you moove the furnitures.
you have to look at the lock and figure out how much is off and correct it.

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    Frank Nov 20, 2008

    use some force, from inside. the door seems wedget in, since the latch is locking.

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