Question about 1994 GMC Safari
How the hatch actually functions?
The procedure is as follows:-
The way it works is they use a electric solenoid to pull a magnet that has a lever on it. This strikes another lever, causing a spring loaded release to occur. It is bit complicated but works pretty well. If you hear a thunk sound when you push the button, but no release, you have a misalignment of the striking lever. You can probably fix it your self, by removing the opening latch in the bottom door and then the two phillips screws on each end of the inside panel. Work it away and then you can see the lever. Bend the lever a little to get it back into alignment , try to make sure it works, then put the door back together and you are good to go. If you push the button and hear nothing, you probably have an electrical problem. If the rear wiper also not working, check the multiwire connector in the rear door to see if it is curroaded or loose. If you have a lot of these problems, check to make sure the rear door shocks are good. An accident or a lot of door bouncing can cause this problem. The left actuator arm on your electric hatch has come off.If you go into the rear of the van through the passenger area you can remove the panel around the rear window.
To remove the hatch assembly lever out.
Once the center handle has been removed along with the two accessible trim screws, you can reach in and pull on the release to gain better access. The linkage has a plastic retainer to hold it into the latch lever and the broken retainer can be replaced with a suitable clip.
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Posted on Jul 29, 2010
Hello. Get an aerosol can of penetrating lubricant such as WD-40 with the tiny application spray tube. Get that little tube into the problem areas and dose the moving parts with that lube. Then let it sit for a couple hours. When it releases repeat the lube treatment and followup with regular treatments of lube, say once a month or so. J.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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