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Rear lift gate won,t unlock on my 2001 pontiac

Rear lift gate won,t unlock on my 2001 pontiac aztek .split window wont release open ( with remotes, interior car hatch ,and keys tried all ) to allow me acess to hatch area fuse ok remotes workok for other door locks and unlocks .

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  • cmyers010 Apr 26, 2010

    how and where can I at least release hatch -latch on my tail gate so it will allow me to use the car key to gain entery

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The electrical problem you experiencing can cause by three areas.


A failing,defective or un-seated relay is the most common cause of this problem.

I enclosed a picture of the accessory relay below.
Please locate this relay and inspect it for damage.

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This relay can be un-seated from its socket but pull it out of the socket.

Check the pins for burn mark or corrosion.

Re-sit the relay on the female socket and test the rear hatch locking system.

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If you has an after market hatch opening system then the relay will look a little different.

Your relay may has total of 5 pins.

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Bad ground,wiring and fuse-able link are the 2nd most common problem.

Push the rear hatch inward and try to pop split window again.

There is a safety/sensor on the door and it will not operate unless it has a positive contact from the sensor switch.

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The last problem can be a damaged button on the remote control.

Press the unlock hatch and see is the LED indicator light light up.


Test to unlock the hatch with the second/spare remote key fob.


Please reply to me via email when you finish checking the relay.



Posted on Apr 26, 2010

  • Vincent_G
    Vincent_G Apr 27, 2010

    I did a little more research.

    Please look for water accumulation or water spot on the rear passenger compartment.

    Hatchback module can be wet and become inoperable.


    Inspect the rear hatch and place a fan to air dry the rear hatch area.






    Component Description:

    98. STRUCTURE:BODY










    Bulletin Number:

    110501




    Bulletin Date:

    May 2001







    Vehicle: 2,001 Pontiac Aztek




    Summary:
    SUBJECT
    REGARDING REPORTS OF WATER ENTERING THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT IN THE
    AREA OF THE H-BACK MODULE. ( NHTSA ITEM NUMBER - 619786 )

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    Component Description:

    115. LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE:LOCK










    Bulletin Number:

    3825




    Bulletin Date:

    Jan 2001







    Vehicle: 2,001 Pontiac Aztek




    Summary:
    TAILGATE WILL NOT UNLOCK. ( NHTSA ITEM NUMBER - 10019175 )

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    Component Description:

    117. STRUCTURE:BODY:TAILGATE










    Bulletin Number:

    000864013




    Bulletin Date:

    Oct 2000







    Vehicle: 2,001 Pontiac Aztek




    Summary:
    SOME
    CUSTOMERS MAY COMMENT THAT THE REAR LIFT GATE WILL NOT COME OFF THE
    SECONDARY LATCH POSITION WHEN OPENED AUTOMATICALLY ON 2001 PONTIAC
    AZTEK MODEL VEHICLES. ( NHTSA ITEM NUMBER - 616361 )


    http://www.edmunds.com/maintenance/recal...

  • Vincent_G
    Vincent_G Apr 27, 2010

    Your rear hatch is electrically operated.

    The key will make contact to the sensor switch to open/pop the hatch.

    The only thing you can do is to get a fan into rear portion of the interior space to air dry the hatchback module.

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    Also inspect water collected at the rear turn signals and plastic brake lights.
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  • Pontiac Master
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Common problem on those is one of the linkage arms fall off because it needs a new retaining clip, the fun is try to open the door, some have a small door or panel. If you remove it you can re-hook linkage or use screw driver to push latch release lever to open gate.

Also, its possible that ypu can find in your delaer this literature about TSB:
STRUCTURE:BODY: TAILGATE
* TSB #000864013 -- SOME CUSTOMERS MAY COMMENT THAT THE REAR LIFT GATE WILL NOT COME OFF THE SECONDARY LATCH POSITION WHEN OPENED AUTOMATICALLY ON 2001 PONTIAC AZTEK MODEL VEHICLES. *TT (NHTSA ID #616361, OCTOBER 01 2000)

LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE: LOCK
* TSB #3825 -- TAILGATE WILL NOT UNLOCK. *TT (NHTSA ID #10019175, no date provided)


Hope this helps.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010

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