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Old 25 Apr 2018, 01:09 pm
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Default Out Of Storage Today And PT's Rear Hatch Won't Open

I hope you all had a good winter.

I put the PT in storage in the late fall and woke her up today.
Everything is running fine except the rear hatch won't open.
Is there a way to release the hatch from inside?

As well the key way on the outside is seized up. I sprayed it with some releaseall and WD40 but I can't get it to budge either.

Anyone else ever have this problem?
If anyone can advise me on what I should be looking for or how I should go about getting this fixed it would be most appreciated.

Thanks
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Old 25 Apr 2018, 01:34 pm
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Default Re: Out Of Storage Today And PT's Rear Hatch Won't Open

Do you have a Gen2 ('06-'10)

Since your lock cylinder is not working, you can try to manually trip the hatch actuator. You can get access to those wires behind the D-pillar trim panel on the drivers side.

There are several other threads on this forum you can search for on which wire to short out to trip the actuator.

If the actuator is still good, the most likely problem is then the touch pad switch under the winged emblem.

There are threads on this forum on how to install an alternate switch, rather than replacing the entire emblem.
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Old 25 Apr 2018, 01:54 pm
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Do you have a Gen2 ('06-'10)

Since your lock cylinder is not working, you can try to manually trip the hatch actuator. You can get access to those wires behind the D-pillar trim panel on the drivers side.

There are several other threads on this forum you can search for on which wire to short out to trip the actuator.

If the actuator is still good, the most likely problem is then the touch pad switch under the winged emblem.

There are threads on this forum on how to install an alternate switch, rather than replacing the entire emblem.
Thanks for the reply.
I have on 2006 PT so it's gen 2.
I did search but I did not know what I was searching for lol.

If the actuator is no good and I can't turn the key, then how do I get the hatch open to work on it?

Also I have the tonneau cover on and it looks like that is going to get in the way as well.

I am going to search for the things you mentioned.

Thanks again.

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Old 25 Apr 2018, 02:08 pm
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Default Re: Out Of Storage Today And PT's Rear Hatch Won't Open

Now that I know what I am looking for, I found this thread:

Liftgate touchpad replacement

The repair itself is something I can do.

However, I now have to figure out how to get the tonneau cover out of there and how to get the rear hatch open.

Any input is always appreciated.
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Old 25 Apr 2018, 02:35 pm
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Bob; try pushing in on the liftgate while pulling out on the switch handle. Sometimes they stick.

The Tech and Performance section has a recent article titled Decklid/Liftgate.
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Old 25 Apr 2018, 02:42 pm
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Do you have a Gen2 ('06-'10)

Since your lock cylinder is not working, you can try to manually trip the hatch actuator. You can get access to those wires behind the D-pillar trim panel on the drivers side.
It was easy enough to remove the trim panel on the D-pillar but I can't find anything on which wires I should short to trip the actuator.

There was some stuff for an '05 but in that case his rear hatch opens.
I could not find anything for an '06.

I have attached a photo, if anyone knows how to go about it please let me know. Thanks

Is the limit on the size of the photo new?
I don't remember having to make the photos so small in the past.
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Old 25 Apr 2018, 02:44 pm
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Bob; try pushing in on the liftgate while pulling out on the switch handle. Sometimes they stick.

The Tech and Performance section has a recent article titled Decklid/Liftgate.
Thanks for the tip.
I will try it.

I read the Decklid/Liftgate but thanks for pointing it out.
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Old 25 Apr 2018, 02:49 pm
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Bob; try pushing in on the liftgate while pulling out on the switch handle. Sometimes they stick.
Tried it, but it is still stuck
Dang!!
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Old 25 Apr 2018, 03:19 pm
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The wire that grounds out the BCM is a small [#20] tan colored wire with a dark green trace.
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Old 25 Apr 2018, 04:31 pm
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I hope you all had a good winter.

I put the PT in storage in the late fall and woke her up today.
Everything is running fine except the rear hatch won't open.
Is there a way to release the hatch from inside?

As well the key way on the outside is seized up. I sprayed it with some releaseall and WD40 but I can't get it to budge either.

Anyone else ever have this problem?
If anyone can advise me on what I should be looking for or how I should go about getting this fixed it would be most appreciated.

Thanks

If the key lock won't turn, I wouldn't assume the actuators just yet.
Something is frozen from sitting...the actuator has nothing to do with the key turning.
The only thing to do is climb in the back & remove enough of the rear panel under the window (by pulling on it)...to get you hand in to pull the lock bar.
Once you get it open, spray down the components & go from there...JMO
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