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Old 01 Feb 2010, 04:16 pm
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Default Rear hatch unlocks when I get in and start engine.

All of a sudden my, 2005 PT Cruiser Touring, back hatch unlatches every time I get in and start the engine. I have to get out, walk around, and push it shut. If I lock the doors with the button before I start the engine, it stays latched.
It did it briefly a couple of months ago but seemed to fix itself when I went around and firmly shut all doors but now nothing seems to work.
Anyone else had this problem? What can I do to fix it?
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Old 01 Feb 2010, 06:39 pm
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Default Re: Rear hatch unlocks when I get in and start engine.

Welcome to the forum.
Haven't heard of your particular problem - some have had the back hatch NOT release.
That it doesn't do it when you hit the lock is a clue - I just don't know what the clue points to.
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Old 02 Feb 2010, 06:23 am
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Old 07 Feb 2010, 10:10 am
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He's gone Don. Received a "reported post" from another member.
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Old 11 Mar 2010, 03:53 pm
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Default Re: Rear hatch unlocks when I get in and start engine.

I am having the same problem with my rear hatch. Start the car and the hatch opens..I'm going to mess with alarm system to see if I can figure it out.
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Old 11 Mar 2010, 04:26 pm
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Default Re: Rear hatch unlocks when I get in and start engine.

If you find the problem please let me know. I still can't figure out the problem.
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Old 11 Mar 2010, 09:14 pm
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Default Re: Rear hatch unlocks when I get in and start engine.

You need to replace the hatch handle. It has a membrane switch that is stuck in the closed position. That's what makes it open like that. Not that hard to do if you are somewhat mechanically inclined.
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Old 13 Dec 2010, 08:45 pm
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Default Re: Rear hatch unlocks when I get in and start engine.

how do you replace the membrane switch?
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Old 14 Dec 2010, 10:28 am
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Default Re: Rear hatch unlocks when I get in and start engine.

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how do you replace the membrane switch?
You'd need a whole new rear handle assembly, or you could bypass the pressure switch and use a push button switch instead. That's what I ended up doing.
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Old 24 May 2012, 04:26 pm
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Default Re: Rear hatch unlocks when I get in and start engine.

Where can I get new hatch release without buying from dealer?
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