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My power hatch release wont open so i cant get my tailgate open

I cant use my remote or the switch on dash to open my rear window or tailgate on my 2003 chevy blazer, i tried what the manual says about removing carpet to get to the release and move switch towards pass. side of car but all it does is make a noise like a little motor is running

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  • troy_dooley May 14, 2009

    i cant use my remote or the switch on dash to open my rear window or tailgate on my 2003 chevy blazer, i tried what the manual says about removing carpet to get to the release and move switch towards pass. side of car but all it does is make a noise like a little motor is running

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I have the same problem, when I took the door apart I found that there is a plastic extension on the end of cyclinder that moves in and out on that electric motor you hear. Well the plastic extension is broken off and that is what moves the lever to open your window latch. I tryed Krazy Glue with JB weld to fix the plastic piece but the first release of the window it just broke off again so I'll have to order a new one. You can't just order the plastic extension according to Chevy you have to order the motor aswell about $80.00 CAD.
To get the door apart yourself, I just pulled out on the plastic trim on top enough to get a long narrow screw driver down there and you will see a brass like lever in the shape of a L , you want to push that to the left to release the window latch, and then you can unscrew the plastic trim properly and go from there.

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