Hatch is Stuck and won't Open

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Hatch is Stuck and won't Open

Postby bombingleroy » Thu May 18, 2017 4:14 pm

Hi everyone, so here is the background info. A couple of years ago, someone broke my back window on a rainy night. I woke up and found glass everywhere. I took it to a place that replaced the window and cleaned up the glass for me. Now the next day I went to move a desk, but I couldn't open the hatch. I tried to blame the window people, they said it had nothing to do with them. I attempted to fiddle with the cables and open it myself. Just today, I tried looking for a solution again, but there is nobody that has my problem I guess.
I have attached a video that hopefully shows the problem in full. If anyone knows how to fix this, I would greatly appreciate it.
Also, in the video I say that it is "already locked" I mean to say that the mechanism was already unlocked.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4AcfGf ... e=youtu.be

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Re: Hatch is Stuck and won't Open

Postby vibrologist » Fri May 19, 2017 6:06 am

I think I would go to a body shop. Everything is already accessible. I bet they get it open in a second or two.

Good luck!
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Re: Hatch is Stuck and won't Open

Postby bombingleroy » Fri May 19, 2017 1:40 pm

So I took another crack at it today. I noticed that right on the latch itself there is a tiny hole that has the arm from the cable mechanism that actually moves the hook that locks onto the little anchor thing on the main body of the car.

So I took a screw driver and just started ramming away in there and I guess whatever was gunked up, and/or caught got dislodged and the hatch is now opening and closing without problems.

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Re: Hatch is Stuck and won't Open

Postby Caretaker » Fri May 19, 2017 3:03 pm

As we used to say in the construction industry: "there's nothing a good hammer can't fix." Congrats.
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