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Buick Redezvous I have a 2004 and the back hatch will not open now. What could be the problem?

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  • ken54 Jan 03, 2009

    My hatch will not open, no noise when "unlock" button pushed. The recall that was posted earlier was for a safety issue during a rear end crash. Is there a seperate fused circut going to the rear hatch?

  • janewbuick Jan 27, 2009

    My 2004 rear hatch will open with key fob, but will not open directly with depression of latch on outside handle.

  • maxefforteng Jan 30, 2009

    I have the same problem on a 2005 Buick Rendezvous.

    Does not open. No sound from latch with the key fop button or on the latch itself.

    Fuses are o.k.

    The must be a common problem, I hope someone can help.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    I have this problem on occasion. However, when I used the key-fab then it works. I don't know the reasoning, but it does seem to be a common problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    I have a 2003 Rendezvous. The hatch will open with the keyless entry but no response when using the hatch latch itself?

  • tax_link Mar 27, 2009

    My 2003 Rendezvous is having the same problem rear hatch will not open. I plan to take it in to the dealership. I will post the answer I get from the dealer

  • nottajake May 12, 2009

    Any updates on this. I have a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. The latch button used to work, but now I cannot open trunk when depressing latch button. Now the only way into trunk is to use the "rear" unluck botton on my remote key fob. Any suggestions?


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I had this same problem, I took the touchpad off by removing the two #15 torx screws from the outside of the car under the lift handle. Removed the wire clip which was very short. The touch pad comes apart. It is held together with six phillips screws. Its a pretty simple switch. I cleaned the copper contacts with copper a vinegar and salt solution. Heated the solution in the microwave and then soaked the contact plate. I also found corrosion on the terminal. Did a little soldering to fix it, put it all back together and it works fine. Hope this helps. :)

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RECALL: 2004 Buick Rendezvous
NHTSA Campaign Number:
Recall Date:
MAR 26, 2004
Potential Number Of Units Affected:

there is a recall on the rear hatch

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It's the liftgate touchpad. The contacts inside the switch have failed. You can replace the touchpad, or take it to the dealer to have it replaced.

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If the remote works but the handle switch doesn't It is probably the handle switch. I got an OEM switch for $30+shipping. A bit tricky to replace. I used a T-15 torx bit that was 1/4 inch square drive. You also need a 1/4 universal joint and a driver of some type. I found the screwdriver style easiest. Basically you have to remove the two screws that hold it in, but a straight Torx driver won't do it. The path to the screw is not a straight one. The electrical plug is also on a short lead so don't let it fall back in the hole. Took about a half hour or so. If you aren't mechanical or patient have your mechanic do it.

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there is a rod that runs from the handle down to the latch that can sometimes come loose how ever this is a pain because you have to take all the panels loose to get to it but is a easy fix once you get to it.Its just a little plastic clip that slips back into place.Hope this has been helpful to you !

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