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Old 05-24-2009, 11:50 AM   #1
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IMMEDIATE HELP NEEDED-ZXW rear hatch not engaged-Y not?

my new "old" zxw, better known as el blanc, has been in my possesion @72hrs. all is going very well. i had a squeak that the dealer fixed. i had my 1st re-fill so i can guage the mostly city driving mileage: 27.5/mpg-yahoo.

we are going to visit friends. the kids are in the car. their stuff is in the car. i went to close the rear hatch but the lock does not engage. i try to use a wee bit more force but nothing.

any online info available?

any quick diagnostics?

i have not had time to search the forums but wanted to get a query out asap.

any and all info is appreciated.

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Old 05-24-2009, 12:11 PM   #2
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Wow - that's a new one.
The cars are notorious for having a problematic hatch release button on the dash (sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't), but I've never heard of a problem with it latching. Maybe you can fiddle with the latch mechanism a bit? Could be that the latch is 'closed'. Try to trip it open.
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:43 PM   #3
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i did not know about the dashboard release button being a headache. unfortunately, i did use it to open the rear hatch.

i just took a screwdriver and used the roundness as a tongue-like post. i did get the mechanism to engage but not to lock into place. could the dashboard button get the hatch to remain open? does anyone know if the button is attached to a cable which might be stuck in the open position.

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I've had that happen a couple of times. I just use the key fob to unlock the latch again (even though it's not locked) and then try closing it. Sometimes it takes a few times. To help alleviate the problem I would recommend greasing the latch with lithium spray grease or just wheel bearing grease and then working the latch open and closed by using your hand and the key fob.

Do not use WD-40 as it will decay the factory grease on the parts and could cause the latch to seize. I found that out the hard way on an old car of mine.
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the button on the dash dose not have any cables other than the electrical cables.. if the button gets stuck down that could cause it or the problem more than likely is in the latch its self...try the button and see if it is jammed causing a current to go to the latch and forcing it to stay open if that doesn't fix it i would say it is the latch its self..
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Old 05-24-2009, 08:16 PM   #6
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thanks all for sharing your thoughts

the dash button does not appear to be depressed/pushed in. i wonder if i can remove the fuse and if that would do anything if the switch is somehow forcing the latch to be open.

anyone know what fuse the dashboard rear hatch button is tied to?

i'm baffled as to what the mechanical reason might be for the latch to suddenly decide to remain open. i'm not even sure what a mechanic would do to fix the problem.

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thanks all for sharing your thoughts

the dash button does not appear to be depressed/pushed in. i wonder if i can remove the fuse and if that would do anything if the electrical switch is somehow forcing the latch to be open.

anyone know what fuse the dashboard rear hatch button is tied to?

i'm baffled as to what the mechanical reason might be for the latch to suddenly decide to remain open. i'm not even sure what a mechanic would do to fix the problem.

more to come

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Check the wire loom from the body to the hatch. The hatch popping open was the first set of wires to go in the loom on mine. I had to pull the fuse until I could run ALL new wires.
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Eliminate the mechanical portion of it first, make sure the latch isn't obstructed from closing/opening. Make sure it's lubed, etc. Then move on to electrical. Could be the relay, a short in the wiring, or a short in the button.
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I seriously doubt you have an electrical problem with the release button.....just pull loose a battery cable to be certain.

You want to do this testing with the hatch open.....use your screw-driver to simulate closing/opening. I'll be a much worse fix if the thing should stick shut.

There's an electrical solenoid that's a part of the latch......it's probably stuck in the opening position. It will probably be easier to free up using a penetrating fluid like WD40, rather than anything heavier like grease. And it may be easier to fix with the latch out of the car (if it can be fixed at all). If you remove the hatch trim, you can see most of this. Check the linkage to the trunk key lock.....there might be a problem there also.

There's always a junk yard when all else fails......
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