Question about 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan
Must use the key everytime to open the liftgate .. release button in van and the button the the key remote dont work
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I had the same problem. You can't take the panel off without having the hatch open. I had to pull it loose
under the window and squirt about a hole can of WD-40 in on all the door mechanism. When I got it open I found out that there is a hole in the bottom of the door about the size of a quarter that would allow
gravel dust and stuff in and rust the components and the lock making the door stay locked all the time.
After the wd-40 I pushed the lock & unlock button many times and it finally unlocked. I then opened the hatch and removed the panel and then I unhooked the lock motor so that it would not happen again.
It has been that way for 4 years now with no problem.
Posted on Feb 18, 2009
The easy part is you just need the latch for the liftgate. The hard part is getting to it and opening the liftgate to replace the latch. You should be able to pull the liftgate trim off most of the way with the gate closed and try to manually actuate the latch to open the gate. You may have to go so far as breaking the latch from the inside to open the gate and then replace your latch.
Posted on Dec 17, 2008
Any of these three causes may apply to your situation, specifically the malfunctioning of the 1) relay system, 2) switch motor, or 3) the switch/button itself. Here's a handy diagnostic article that explains this:
This should help.
Posted on May 27, 2009
HAVE A FRIEND PUSH ON THE GLASS WHEN YOU TRY TO OPEN IT THE NEXT TIME. THE LATCH INSIDE IS LOOSE AND NEEDS TO BE TIGHTENED. BY PUSHING ON THE HANDLE IN THE GLASS DOOR YOU CAN RELIEVE THE PRESSURE FROM THE LOCK AND OPEN IT THEN LOOK ON THE UNDERSIDE OF THE HANDLE IN THE GLASS THERE IS A SMALL METAL PEG WITH A NUT AT THE BOTTOM I THINK IT 7/16 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. TIGHTEN IT UP AND YOURE ON YOUR WAY
Posted on Aug 29, 2009
Sometimes the strike post needs readjusted, but there is a connection inside of the hatch that goes to a solenoid, but you need to take the panel off to see if anything is rusted in this area that is preventing the solenoid from doing it's job. Once you are in there it would be a good time to lubricate anything that is corroded; also, this would be a good time to look for any broken parts.
Posted on Sep 29, 2009
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