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Seems that the electric release button does not work. the latch works when removed and wired to a 12 volt power source

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Fuse good? Take out the button and check for power, if power is there then connect the 2 wires (paper clip), if the hatch opens, the switch is bad.

Posted on Sep 02, 2010

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    Jon McNett Sep 02, 2010

    what is the weak link in the lift gate system? is the window and the release button on the same circuit?

  • Ted Schore Sep 02, 2010

    Well...the back door ECU controls the window and the lock, so thats the same. but the window switch and hatch switch are separate input. As for weak link, if you can power the latch and it works, I would say thats OK. and you need to verify if you have power at the switch, or just short the 2 wires together and the rear door should open. I'm not too familair with how its set up in the truck, I'm just going by the wiring diagram



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