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Old 13 Aug 2016, 10:43 am
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Default Rear hatch lock on Gen 2 Turbo not working

As threatened previously, I am seeking technical help for the new-to-us 07 PT Cruiser turbo limited edition.

I didn't think to check if the hatch opened while we were at the dealership yesterday, and of course discovered when we brought it home that it doesn't unlock unless you put the key in, turn it, and keep it turned while you lift the hatch up.

All the other doors lock and unlock with the remote key fob.

I had a Google last night and am not sure I found the same issue via the Forums, hence my asking now. If this has already been covered, my apologies!

Until Monday, I can cannibalise the internal workings of the written-off Cruiser, the hatch still unlocks on that even though it is crunched in just above the hatch release!
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Old 13 Aug 2016, 11:26 am
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Have you checked the Rear Hatch Actuator. Some members have checked for power feed to it before replaced it.

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Old 13 Aug 2016, 12:20 pm
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My 2009 base (Gen2) manual says:

LIFTGATE
The liftgate can be unlocked by pressing twice on the
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter button or by
activating the power door lock switches located on the
front doors.

The liftgate will not unlock if you press the unlock button on the RKE just once. You have to press it twice to unlock it and open it with the little rubberized button under the handle.

See if that works.
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Old 13 Aug 2016, 01:41 pm
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My 2009 base (Gen2) manual says:

LIFTGATE
The liftgate can be unlocked by pressing twice on the
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter button or by
activating the power door lock switches located on the
front doors.

The liftgate will not unlock if you press the unlock button on the RKE just once. You have to press it twice to unlock it and open it with the little rubberized button under the handle.

See if that works.
I may be a lassie, but I do know how to unlock the tailgate.

Anyway, it is now a moot point, as there's a check engine light on. We're taking it back to the dealer on Monday (arranged it with the salesman) for the technicians to check it out and see what the issue is.

Thank you for the replies, all!
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Old 13 Aug 2016, 09:06 pm
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Have you checked the Rear Hatch Actuator. Some members have checked for power feed to it before replaced it.

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Could also be the Touch Pad.

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Old 13 Aug 2016, 11:19 pm
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Could also be the Touch Pad.

That's what is was on mine. I thought it was the lock actuator, but when I got the liftgate panel removed and I could bypass the touchpad and short the switch wires, the actuator still worked fine. Had a heck of a time trying to find locally a 12v DC momentary weatherproof switch. Finally found one at AutoZone for $10. I was really worried about drilling the hole in the handle, but would rather do this mod than risk doing some damage to the rear hatch trying to remove the complete handle assembly, with all that double sided tape. The lowest price I found on the complete touch pad assembly, which includes the outside winged emblem, was $114. Another over-engineered part when they could have made the handle with a replaceable switch, because sooner or later, the touchpad switch is going to fail.
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does anyone else think that the electronic liftgate mechanism is a stupid idea ? whois the engineer who thought this was a cool thing ?
how do you open the hatch when the battery is dead ?
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does anyone else think that the electronic liftgate mechanism is a stupid idea ? whois the engineer who thought this was a cool thing ?
how do you open the hatch when the battery is dead ?
You would need to crawl in the back and remove the inner panel to get to the switch to open the rear hatch door.

I was lucky my 2008 has the key cylinder in the rear hatch door.
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You would need to crawl in the back and remove the inner panel to get to the switch to open the rear hatch door.

I was lucky my 2008 has the key cylinder in the rear hatch door.
I don't believe you can get the door panel off, with the liftgate closed, as there is a button pin at the bottom edge that has to be removed, and since it is on the bottom edge of the liftgate, it's not accessible.
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Old 14 Aug 2016, 04:03 pm
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I don't believe you can get the door panel off, with the liftgate closed, as there is a button pin at the bottom edge that has to be removed, and since it is on the bottom edge of the liftgate, it's not accessible.
You can start at the top of the inner trim panel by removing the CHMSL cover panels with a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent flat bladed tool to disengage the snap retainers that secure the CHMSL cover panel. After you get the top panels off then you disengage the retainers holding the upper part of the lower trim panel to get enough room to get to the switch. Its not easy and you have to be very careful not to damage the panels.
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