The rear hatch latch turns, but the hatch won't unlatch and open. I've tried to take off the plastic panel inside, but I can't seem to get it off. Does anyone have an instruction for removing the inside hatch panel with the door closed?
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You can get it open in two ways: By using your key fob and remotely opening latch or by pulling inside panel on rear hatch and manually pulling lever to get latch to release. Most times when you cant get rear hatch to open normally is because cable from outside release handle to latch broke. Have cable and release mechanism inspected and replace worn or broken parts as needed.
The is a plastic plug on the inside panel, usually. Remove it to get to the latch with a screwdriver. If no plug, remove the top bezel on the hatch. Remove any screws on the side. pull out the bottom part and reach down to unlatch. Once open, remove the screws from the bottom. This will give you access the system. Check for power and grounds. Check wires for continuity. Check fuses/circuit breakers.
You need a latch assembly. Common problem. Open the hatch glass. Then try and lift up and push forward the plastic door panel around the spot where the glass closes into the hatch. It should give you enough room to see the latch assembly inside. Use a flashlight to look for the latch which is in the center bottom of the hatch. There is a white plastic lever. Push or pull on the lever and the door should open. The latch has a electric actuator that goes bad. Only replaced as a latch assembly.
I had a clip break when I tried to open my tailgate. I had to remove my inside hatch panel and find my way to the handle assembly. A little plastic clip (shaped like a T) had finally worn out, which wouldn't hold the locking arms, and I had to go to a Ford dealership for a $3 part; tailgate has worked fine since then!
When the latch mechanism screws come loose the door will not open with the key or electric door lock. From inside the bagage compartment you will have to remove the rear plastic panels (which you can't do because some of the screws are now inaccessable!) The trick is to remove as many screws as you can. A couple of screws are hidden under the carpet trim of the rear door panel-towards the corners, feel around for the holes. Now pry away the top of the plastic panel just below the rear window in the center- the plastic will bow out enough to get an arm in. The plastic can be sharp so wear a thin long sleeve shirt. reach down and feel 5 inches to the right of center. there is a rod that unlatches the door. you can grab a flashlight and have an assitant lift up the rear hatch lever while you look down at the lock mechanism- you will see or feel the rod move. pull up on this rod. With the door now open you can continue taking off the rear trim cover and fix the latch problem.
I too had an issue with my rear hatch. My father in law cut a huge hole in the plastic only to find out there is a manual operation hole behind one of the carpeted panels in the hatch. You simply move the latch with pliers.
This is a common problem on the blazer. If you can hear the rod actuator working, then the actuator rod to latch rod connector has broken. It's plastic, and a poor GM design. To get the rear hatch open you will need to manualy release it. It can be done by working as much of the plastic tailgate trim you can get loose, from around the top center of the gate, where the latch is. remove the 2 screws that hold the handle on and remove handle. Then pry as much as you need to access the c type latch, and release it by moving it... it's spring loaded and will only move one way. Haveing someone help you lift the hatch while you unlatch it from inside the vehicle helps. After you get the hatch up and the tailgate folded down, make sure the latch is locked in the open position. The actuator can be repaired, i've done it several times. GM will try and sell you a new one, which is rather costly compared to the $8.00 piece of plastic you need. Good luck and i hope this helps.
S.W. Brown Level II+ diesel and heavy equipment tech.