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

I can not get the tire latch to open so That I can get the back open

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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.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013

  • ambergreen73 Apr 16, 2013

    Thank You jgatewood395 for your help. I will try that.

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you need the valet key and there should be a way to open it from the inside -jeff ps please rate

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We had the same problem.
I took out the bolts outside, then crawled into the back area of the car, and took a screw driver, and slid it along the inner hatch catch, and found the safety latch and released the hatch. Then I took the inside off, and disconnected the handle device from the inside. It was rusted, and broken. I went to Kia, and bought a new one and reinstalled, after greasing the new one up. Took me a while, but they wanted 280.00 in labor, so it was well worth it.
Just be patient and go slow. A good metric socket set will be the best thing, with a regular and phillips screw driver.
Good luck
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Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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my car just did the same thing... my brother in law used a pair of pliers to open it then the wire just needed tightened. only took him a couple mins.

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hope fully you have found out by now that there is another lever under the spare wheel that you have to pull to swing the spare out of the way

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