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Old 05 Jul 2015, 12:33 pm
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My wife jambed the handle to rear hatch. I was able to get door open. I removed trim panel and everything is fine. The hatch mechasnisim works fine. The hatch closes fine but the handle sticks up. You can push the handle down but you can feel it rubbing. When you pull on handle, it comes up but only opens door at very end of pull.works fine but handle will not go back down on own. Do I need to replace handle and is it strictly a dealer item?
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Old 05 Jul 2015, 01:23 pm
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Default Re: rear latch handle

Never had mine apart but there is probably a spring that brings the handle back to it's original position.
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Old 05 Jul 2015, 03:14 pm
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Default Re: rear latch handle

Got to have a pick a part near where you live go there get a used one
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Old 05 Jul 2015, 05:31 pm
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Default Re: rear latch handle

If you go the used route, I'd be cautious. I don't know if they changed the design over the years, but mine (an '01) popped off. They bonded the plastic emblem on to the steel plate of the latch mechanism. The steel had a tendency to rust beneath the bonding material and the plastic emblem would pop off. Something to watch for.
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