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2001 Frd escape rear hatch won't unlock. How can we get to probem withot ruining door? Has there been a recall on this probem?

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First check all your fuses to see if you have a blown fuse. If you did then maybe you can unlock it again as normal. If not then see if you can pull the inside panel somewhat away from the inside of the rear hatch. try pulling on it at the top middle of the panel. At the bottom of the window. Below is a picture of the inside of the rear hatch with the inside panel removed.



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