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Rear Latch stuck how can I open it w/out breaking glass??

I push the button but the latch doesn't pop. wd-40 doesn't work and I don't want to force it.

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  • ladyfiona May 29, 2009

    rear hatch is closed. can't take off back panel till its open.

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Remove the back pannel and you can acsess the lock.

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