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2001 Ford Escape Rear Hatch won't unlock

The rear hatch won't open. I understand that I need to replace the Door Lock Accuator. How do I open the hatch when it won't unlock though to replace it? Is there a button somewhere or manual lever? There is NO key hole.

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  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    Isn't there a handle above the license plate?

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The liftgate consists of the following components:

  • liftgate door lock actuator
  • liftgate lock cylinder (if equipped)
  • liftgate window glass
  • liftgate window latch/ajar switch
  • liftgate window glass release handle
  • liftgate latch remote control which consists of the following component:
    • liftgate release handle
  • liftgate latch, which consist of the following component:
    • liftgate latch door ajar switch
Liftgate Latch Actuator Removal and Installation
  1. Remove the liftgate latch remote control. For additional information, refer to Liftgate Latch Remote Control in this section.
SECTION 501-14: Handles, Locks, Latches and Entry Systems 2001 Escape Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Liftgate Latch Removal and Installation
  1. Remove the liftgate trim panel.
  1. Disconnect the liftgate ajar switch electrical connector.
  1. Disconnect the liftgate latch actuating rod.
    1. Open the clip.
    1. Disconnect the actuating rod.
  1. Remove and discard the liftgate latch bolts.
  1. Remove the liftgate latch.
  1. NOTE: Make sure the liftgate latch release rod is not preloading the latch. It should be clipped in a relaxed state with no slack.
    NOTE: Position the liftgate latch release rod by pushing outboard to remove the slack.
  1. Remove the screws and the liftgate latch actuator
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Posted on Jun 14, 2009

  • Mike OSullivan Feb 21, 2016

    To open hatch refer to this video, all are similar to open when latch solenoid goes bad.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKXGgQYX...

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SOURCE: door ajar alarm

The doorlach pin is faulty.
On newer vehicles it is inside the door on the locking mechanism.
It is stuck in the closed position, or has become dislodged.
Refer to your mechanic for repair.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

ghost4548
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SOURCE: handle on rear hatch door broke off.how can i open hatch door until i can get a new handle?

you don't. take it into a Hyndai Dealership and have the handle repaired/replaced. The rear hatch panel/cover has to be removed (from inside the vehicle) to access the hatch latch and open the door.. from that point the handle can be replaced/repaired.

Posted on May 27, 2009

juggernautxt
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SOURCE: electronic lock on rear hatch of 2002 ford escape will not open

the unlock or popper for the door needs to be replaced. the door should work with a key.

Posted on May 02, 2009

Lexdiamonzz
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SOURCE: HHR back hatch problem

It most likely will be the fuse for the hatch, I would definately check out the fuse before trying other things. If the fuse is ok then it could be the release motor on the hatch.

Good luck..

Posted on Jun 12, 2008

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SOURCE: Back hatch will not unlock/open

you could use some lithium grease and spray it in the general area of the latch and hope it lubes the latch enough to loosen it to open. but it will cause a mess spraying it

Posted on Aug 14, 2009

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