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Liftgate won't unlock/open on Saturn Outlook 07

I cannot open my liftgate on my Saturn Outlook. My warranty ran out at 36000. Hope there is an easy solution out there.

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There is a small plastic cover on the inside of the liftgate near the center. Pry it off with a small screwdriver and you'll have to probe around a bit with a larger flat screwdriver, but there's a small lever in there that will trip the latch. Is it a power liftgate by chance???
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Posted on Jul 21, 2009

  • Gabe Gilsrud Jul 21, 2009

    I have not seen it on any of our outlooks (even flood cars), but if what mr_aquaman says is correct, you can use some contact cleaning acid on the connections and then apply dielectric grease to the connections liberally. reconnect and reassemble.

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    kirkhartk Jul 20, 2012

    I am needing some parts for my 07 Saturn Outlook because my auto liftgate control is out. Motor still works but the clutch is not engaging


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If you have the same problem I did it is the electronic switch in the rear hatch. The seal around the handle is not that great and leaks water, this causes corrosion and stop the mechanism from working. Mine would only work on occasion on warm sunny days. I had to have the switch replaced on warranty.... check with your dealer.

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