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Trunk/hatch will not open. handle seems loose, no action. Wondering if something is broken. How would you repair it. Can't find any other way to open trunk. The glass window part opens.

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2000 ford explorer back hatch handle loose door locked The linkage on the back hatch came unfastened and the handle was loose. Ford uses plastic fastener clips over perfectly good threads to hold this together. The outdoor plastic handle is only conected to the car with two aluminum ribets. One was already missing on mine. But if you just want to open the door, you can rip the handle off and pull it out. hopefully you won't crack the plastic. You can see the linkage screw hanging as you look up through the left hole. Grab it with a plyers and apply a steady force down. This will open the hatch. I just rigged up a different handle and put a nut on the treads to hold it together. This can all be done without tearing appart the interier and may only take 20 minutes. I used a rope and handle from the garage opener, a medium size washer and a nut. First make a small loop, with a small hole to slide over the linkage screw, then the washer, then the nut. Slide the other end of rope through the handle, move the handle very close to the vehicle and tie the not close. Trim the rope and wala ... the hatch works. Or you can pay $300.00+ to have it fixed with the clip.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009

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It might be a broken retainer clip in the hatch release mechanism. I am on my third one and it just broke so I am going to be installing the fourth this weekend. It is a cheap $4 clip made of plastic. Mine popped when it broke and the hatch release handle has no resistance and is very loose. You can only get the part from dealer warehouses kind of a P.I.T.A...

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What if the screw is missing?

Posted on Feb 11, 2010

  • southerner16 Feb 11, 2010

    what if the screw is missing?

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I have the exact same problem. have you found how to fix it? thank you

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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