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Rear hatch lock does not open. I pull on the handle and nothing happens.

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Remove the covers, check and clean the system: ZJ-Secc-8P-Power-Door-Locks about Door Locks.

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Had the same problem.hit it right below the latch while pulling on it it will open.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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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.

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SOURCE: I have a 1996 Mercury Sable ls wagon the rear

the linkage rod may have come off the back of the handle as they are held on by plastic clips which may have broken
Hope this helps

Posted on Jun 13, 2010

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