Question about 2002 Kia Sedona

1 Answer

2002 Kia Sedona - How do I replace the latch for the back hatch?

When I attempt to unlock by either means, all I get is a rattling sound like some plastic gears are stripped. So I am not sure if the unlock mech works or if the hatch handle is inop. Any help would be great.

Posted by on

Ad

1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Corporal:

    An expert that has over 10 points.

    Mayor:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 5 Answers

If you have a Kia Sedona liftgate that won't unlock or gets stuck closed here is how I fixed it in July of 2010:

In our 2002 Sedona, at first the key stopped working and then we heard a grinding sound when we pushed the unlock button on the remote and this stopped working! It wouldn't open at all. The problem is a plastic spiral gear on something called the liftgate lock actuator. The spiral gear runs through the center of a circular gear that meshes with a small electric motor that is activated when you press lock or unlock. It turns one way with lock and the other with unlock. The motor makes the circular gear turn one way or the other which pushes the spiral gear up or down and at the top of the spiral gear is a hole that the lock mechanism connects to. This unlocks or locks the liftgate. In our Sedona, the spiral gear stripped where the circular gear surrounded it, so it got stuck, held the lock mechanism and I couldn't open the liftgate. I took apart my old one to see if there was anything I could do to fix it, I am REALLY cheap I guess, but the gear was stripped beyond repair. If yours doesn't move it probably is stripped also.

Now, the catch-22: you can't properly remove the inside back panel without opening the liftgate, so if you start to have problems, take care of them early, it makes removal of the back panel easier... but there is still hope even if you wait too long.

Your choices:

A) Go to the dealer and tell him you need to have the liftgate lock actuator replaced. They charge ~$100 for the part (that is a quote I got) and I would guess it would take an 1-2hours of labor, so it will cost you $200-$300 to get it fixed this way, YMMV, especially if you wait until you can't get the liftgate open. Is it worth it? Well in our case we couldn't get the liftgate open at all, either with the remote or with the key. But... I'm too cheap to pay this much, so read on...

B) Do it yourself and buy the part online. I only found two places with the part as of 7/20/2010: kiacarparts.net -> Liftgate -> Lock and hardware -> Actuator - Part #3, $70.41 - OR - Courtesy kia parts partswebsite.com/kiapartsdealer, same part name, still Part #3, $62.58. I have no idea the shipping, and it would probably be different for you. But, again, I thought maybe I could find it at a junkyard...

C) And I did, my city where I live I found a junkyard with a 2002 Kia Sedona with this part and an interior that matched! I pulled it off myself and paid $25, plus I got the brake light cover that I broke the tab on (read on) thrown in. I 'tested it' by pulling up and down on the eye of the spiral gear, since it moved freely (the old one did not) I figured I would get some life out of it. I have >150000 miles on the van, so I thought I would take a chance. Maybe you can find one and do it cheaper, good luck! Again, you can buy it online or at the dealer if needed.

NOW TO FIX IT:

1) Pop off the cover over the rear high mounted brake light - careful, you can break the snaps easily, I did. There is one on each side pointing down.

2) Once you get that off, you need to pry off the upper trim around the window. Just go slow and it should pop out, also remove the handle by carefully prying out the two rubber plugs and using a phillips screwdriver to remove the screws.

3) Loosen the two screws, one on each side of the back inside panel that were covered by the upper trim.

4) IF YOU CAN GET THE LIFTGATE OPEN, then unscrew the screws at the bottom of the liftgate panel, I forget how many there were.

5) Either way, slowly pry the inner back panel away from the liftgate. It has plastic pop rivets, but if you are careful you shouldn't break any. IF YOU CAN'T GET THE LIFTGATE OPEN, you can pry it away at the top and the sides, this is what I did.

6) Now, you have a plastic vapor barrier to deal with, slowly pull it away from the gooey black stick-um around the top until you can reach inside without it getting stuck to the hair on your arms 8^(

7) There is a small opening it about the middle, maybe two inches by one inch oval, if you stick your finger inside this oval and push up (or was it down) on the brass colored lever the liftgate should release and you now can properly open it up and take the back panel off the rest of the way, un-plugging the interior light as you pull the back panel loose, don't worry, there is only one way this plug can go back together, and finally loosening the screws at the bottom.

8) Remove the rest of the vapor barrier carefully, if you don't get it stuck to something else, you can press it back into the goo when you put it back together.

9) Now find the actuator - go to the websites above and look at the picture, #3, it is near the bottom of the door and is mounted with 3 bolts to a brass bracket. It is a black box about 3.5" by 2.5" with a rubber boot on the top and a white plastic eye hook poking through the rubber boot. That hook is on the end of the spiral gear.

9) Carefully using some pliers, pull the rubberish tan plastic housing that is wrapped around the bent aluminum rod out of the eye of the spiral gear, you will need it later for re-assembly, I don't know if you get one when you buy a new part.

10) NOTE: If you don't care about the remote unlocking the back door you can save some money and stop here. The key should now work. But, it you want to fix it, keep reading...

11) You now need to loosen the 3 bolts that hold the actuator bracket to the main mounting bracket, Two are easy to get to, the third requires a socket or a thin wrench to clear the frame.

12) Now remove the actuator from its frame by loosening two more bolts, somewhere in here you should unplug it from the wire connector.

13) Replace it with the one you bought and mount it to the bracket and the bracket to the main mounting bracket. Plug it in and make sure it goes back and forth when you press your remote or unlock the car.

14) Now carefully press the locking rod back into the eye and test it again. If it all works the put it back together in the following order...

- Press the vapor barrier back into the goo around the back of the door and feed the interior light connector through it. I don't know if you really need the VB, but mine was still in good shape so it got re-used. Make sure the holes line up with the holes in the frame so that the panel will go back on easily

- Have someone (get your kid to help, they will like to learn some car stuff!) hold up the back panel and connect the interior light and then screw the bottom screws on and any side screws. It has been a couple of weeks, I can't remember how many screws; finally pop the rivets back through the holes.

- Do the last two screws at the upper side of the back panel and put the handle back on. You did save all of the parts, didn't you?

- Now snap the top trim back around the window.

- Finally, snap back on the upper brake light cover and you are done!

Whew, so in summary, I paid $25, took about 2-3 hours total, most of that time was taking it apart and saved $200-$300 I figure. I gutted the old actuator to see how it worked (I'm a design engineer) and called the designer cheap who used a plastic spiral gear.

You can do all or part of this, if you aren't handy get someone who is and is careful taking things apart. I wrote this up to give you some hope if you want to get your Sedona liftgate working again.

I hope you enjoyed reading this even if you didn’t need the help.

WST 7/31/2010

A follow-up... Years later I visited a newer Sedona in the junkyard and this problem had been designed out. Yea, it was a bad design.

Posted on Aug 01, 2010

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Ad

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

How do you open the back door (no manual)


Rear hatch is locked or unlocked with a key. (if equipped) • To open the rear hatch, insert the key into the lock, turn it to the unlock position and pull up the rear hatch by pressing the handle (DOOR). You can also lock/unlock the latch (but not release it) with the central door lock system. • If unlocked, the rear hatch can be opened by pressing the handle (DOOR) and pulling the hatch up. • To close the rear hatch, lower and push down the rear hatch firmly. Make sure that the rear hatch is securely latched.

Apr 12, 2016 | 2009 Kia Sportage

1 Answer

How to fix hatch on a 2002 kia sportage that wont open


When you closed the hatch the release lever got hung behind the lock assembly. get a flashlight and long screwdriver to look behind the driver side of the spare tire to see the small lever that will move while you have someone else pull the release handle. you will need to pry it back to the othr side of the latch plate so that when you pull the release handle the back rack will unlock.

Apr 03, 2013 | 2002 Kia Sportage

2 Answers

Rattle in rear


I've had both rear wheel bearings go on my 2003 Sedona. Both made this same rattling sound. It's about a $300 job.

Jun 27, 2010 | 2003 Kia Sedona

1 Answer

Hatch on kia sedona won't unlock


Since fixya will only allow minimal characters in an answer I created a website with an answer to this problem and a step-by-step how to fix it. Reply here if it helped you fix your problem. Thanks.
kiaanswers.webs.com

May 30, 2010 | 2002 Kia Sedona

1 Answer

05 Kia Sedona 2.9 diesel, sometimes doesnt start


if the immo light doesnt come on it means the ecu has left the immobilizer on. it is a commen fault on kia. if you lock and unlock the car or sometimes just take the key out the ignition then put it back in it sorts the problem. if you dont see the IMMO light dont attempt to start it because it wont fire

Feb 02, 2010 | 2005 Kia Sedona

2 Answers

How do you manually release the rear hatch in a 2003 kia sedona? The outside latch handle does not work anymore.


This happened to me, I removed the interior light fixture on the rear hatch and reached in to pull the connecting rod, this works for an one off opening, you will need to take the panel off once the hatch is open and repair your outer handle, our connection was broken at the handle which I repaired and it works great. Hope this helps.

Aug 22, 2009 | 2003 Kia Sedona

Not finding what you are looking for?
2002 Kia Sedona Logo

Related Topics:

426 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Kia Experts

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22219 Answers

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

76691 Answers

Jeffrey Turcotte
Jeffrey Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8531 Answers

Are you a Kia Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...