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Old 16 Jun 2017, 03:41 pm
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Default Rear Hatch ?

All of a sudden, the rear hatch (07) won't open with the remote key fob or the inside double click at the door handle. Only now opens with the key lock on the hatch! Any ideas? Thanks.
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Old 16 Jun 2017, 04:19 pm
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Default Re: Rear Hatch ?

Your touchpad has probably failed, they are known to do that. To verify that the latch actuator is still functioning, you can pull off the inside panel on the hatch, unplug the actuator connector and touch the two pins together. If the actuator is still working, you will hear it actuate and that tells you that the touchpad has broken.

You can then either replace the complete handle assembly, which includes the outside winged emblem, or you can do a mod and install about a $3 switch to take the place of the touchpad. Search the forum for the mod as several have done it.

The switch I got is from O'Reilly and is weatherproof. I used a step drill to drill the plastic handle portion to fit the switch, and it's slightly off center because of the mounting nut on the emblem. But from the outside when you reach under the handle to touch it, because your middle finger is the longest, it falls directly on the button and works perfectly. Chrysler should have designed the rear hatch assembly with a button like this, which is replaceable, instead of the sure-to-fail touchpad assembly:

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