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Old 21 Jul 2013, 03:17 pm
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Default Can't open hatch

2004 GT

Came back to my car and found that the rear hatch opener chrome handle had been jammed/broken in the open/up position. Handle will not go back down and one side appears more slightly depressed than the other.

Try the fob and key and you can hear the electric switch opening and closing but the hatch does not release/pop open. Seems like something mechanical must be broken as a result of the handle remaining up.

I can't open the hatch at all. Any ideas?

Is the one piece plastic interior hatch cover removable with the hatch closed?

There appears to be an interior plastic button (centered low on the interior hatch cover) that could be removable from inside. Will this give me access to the locking mechanism?
If so, how do I release and open the hatch.
Would be happy if I could even get it to work with the key.

Your help and ideas greatly appreciated.


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