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Old 06-07-2011, 05:07 PM   #1
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Hatch won't open with fob or dash button? possible fix...

2 weeks ago my hatch would not open. i can hear the relay clicking behind the glovebox but not dice. to make matters worse my key never worked [but no big deal since the dash button & fob did the job].

so, i check the forums, fuses and such, climb in the back and using a screwdriver push on the release latch.

next, i remove the latch assy-no issues that i find, cant' figure it out.

call steve at tousley ford-order a new latch assembly, new lock assembly [pre-set to my key via my vin]. it arrives today, i install it and...nothing. electric release still no worky.

i peel back the rubber accordian looking boot that is between the hatch and body and...find one wire with exposed copper, 3 that are cracked and 1 completely broken. splice, tape and repair now it all works.

wanted to give anyone here with the same problem a fix. i would also suggest electrical taping the wires so they no longer chafe within the rubber sheath.

figured i saved a couple hundred doing it myself between the dealer labor hours and price increase on the parts i purchased with our nice discount from steve.


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Old 07-16-2011, 12:53 PM   #2
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Thanks for the advice. My hatch is doing the same thing (2005 ZX5), and I'd like to try this remedy, but I can't even get the hatch to open with my key. It's strange how the day before everything was fine, and now my key fob/dash button don't work (I'm hearing the same click behind the glovebox) and when I try opening the hatch with my key, it "pops" open part of the way...sort of like when you go to close the hatch and it bounces back- it's "latched" but not completely closed. I've tried crawling into the back and prying the latch open with a screwdriver, but it won't budge.

Has anyone else had this issue? Not being able to open the hatch is becoming a real pain.
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Old 07-16-2011, 04:27 PM   #3
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Has anyone else had this issue? Not being able to open the hatch is becoming a real pain.
Yes. In your case, because you can hear the click in the footwell where the central lock module is, the problem is likely a failed hatch release mechanism itself, probably not the wiring, unlike the original poster. It's a non-serviceable dealer part. The solenoid that controls the lock mechanism is jammed or broken.
Once you do get it open, you need to remove the hatch trim and replace the mechanism and lock cylinder. Not a difficult job; the lock cylinder swap can be time consuming.
Sorry, can't help you with any suggestions on getting it open other than using brute force; the mechanism likely need replacing anyway so no fear of breaking it.
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You know, on my car there is a button located under the hatch pull on the outside of the car. It's just to the right of one of the license lights. You just have to stick your head under there to see it. IDK about hatches though, but I'd assume there would be one, and as long as the power to the hatch is good- that should work.

I'm surprised mine hasn't given out yet with 6 years and 130k miles.
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IDK about hatches though, but I'd assume there would be one...
Oddly enough, that exterior button is unique to the wagon.
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My dash button has never worked and dont want it to. Thank Ford for making it where a coat hanger could reach...
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Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. Local Ford dealership quoted $130 for the hatch release mechanism...sound right? I can't find the part anywhere online, so I can't compare the price to anything.
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Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. Local Ford dealership quoted $130 for the hatch release mechanism...sound right? I can't find the part anywhere online, so I can't compare the price to anything.
$130 is about right +/- . I certainly recall paying over a hundred...
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Hi TNF_Focus,

That does sound reasonable, but you may want to consider asking your dealer for an itemized price breakdown so you feel more comfortable with the cost.

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So I called a different dealership (near my office) and they quoted me $110. I got the part and just simply used a bigger screwdriver to pry open the hatch, which worked. Installed the new mechanism, and now my hatch opens with my key...but the key fob and dash button still won't work. The wiring to the mechanism looked good...the car only has 50k on it. Any thoughts of what else it could be? When I press the key fob, I'm still hearing a "click" behind my glove box.
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