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Old 01 Oct 2014, 08:53 pm
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Default 2005 PT Cruiser rear hatch will not lock

Hi Everyone,

I have a friend that has a hatch that doesn't always lock/close. The guy at the Chrysler parts store told her that she needs a trunk lock actuator motor. Can anyone tell me how to replace this part or where I can find some diagrams? Thanks, Linda
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Old 01 Oct 2014, 09:16 pm
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Default Re: 2005 PT Cruiser rear hatch will not lock

Does the hatch only locks with the remote?
How do you know that it doesn't need an adjustment only?
The solenoid that activates the hatch lock with the remote is nearly silent so how are you determining that the solenoid is bad?
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Old 01 Oct 2014, 09:28 pm
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Default Re: 2005 PT Cruiser rear hatch will not lock

The guy at the Chrysler place told her it was bad. She has to slam it to get it to shut. It may only need an adjustment? I was hoping to find some advice as to what to do?
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Old 01 Oct 2014, 10:00 pm
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Default Re: 2005 PT Cruiser rear hatch will not lock

If you have the time I would suggest trying to move the bracket that looks like a square "U" that catches the latch on the door as it closes. It can be adjusted a small amount. Pull the plastic gray pieces off the edge of the tail gate to gain access and you'll see two screws on the "U" clip. Maybe by moving the bracket backwards it can adjust to solve your problem so you don,t have to slam it.
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Old 01 Oct 2014, 10:05 pm
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Default Re: 2005 PT Cruiser rear hatch will not lock

Are you sure the rear hatch will not lock with the remote unless you slam it?
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Old 02 Oct 2014, 09:15 pm
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Default Re: 2005 PT Cruiser rear hatch will not lock

She came over tonight and when she was leaving she had to stop and close the hatch. This was after she unlocked the car and started the engine. I think it is the same problem others are having after they start the engine and then the hatch opens. I need to check it when she comes over tomorrow.
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Old 02 Oct 2014, 11:46 pm
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Default Re: 2005 PT Cruiser rear hatch will not lock

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She came over tonight and when she was leaving she had to stop and close the hatch. This was after she unlocked the car and started the engine. I think it is the same problem others are having after they start the engine and then the hatch opens. I need to check it when she comes over tomorrow.

I notice that you gave some more clues on why the rear hatch will not lock! It helps if all the information is given all at once.

Does this PT Cruiser have a lift handle on your rear emblem to open the hatch when it's unlocked?
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Old 03 Oct 2014, 06:55 pm
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I know. I will send everything I know once I check it out. Thanks.
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