It sounds like the liftgate module is bad. If that does not work your have to take a look at the latch assembly. Open your tailgate, and look at the joining wall of the inner body. Then replace the bulb and place the assembly back in and turning it the opposite way to lock it back into place. I have a 1996 tahoe I use for hauling and odd jobs. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems. After looking at it closely I could see that the glass was separated from the right hinge.
On the '97 Escort, I suspect that the bulb can be accessed and changed as described in answer 1 above. Install the actuator to the liftgate. As shown in the photos above, the lever can be moved up or down to unlock or lock the liftgate door. There will be two black star head bolts. Remove the cable at latch. Remove the liftgate window latch assembly. That creates the signal that it's supposed to be pulling closed.
I've spent a few hundred dollars thus far for basically labor and because the problem is intermittant, I'm back at square one. The dealer promises only to look for the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated! The assembly will be loose, but may not be able to be pulled away. His bill could wind up high and he doesn't give any promise of fixing it. Remove the trim panel from the liftgate.
Answer First you must remove the plastic section from the area inside the truck. Just curious if anyone else has had this lift gates issue. Here we see the lift gate handle at the bottom, which is connected by a tension wire to the locking mechanism. When you close the hatch, it is jamming the latch hook into the wrong area. The assembly will pull away, and will provide you access to the bulbs to change, or to replace your assembly. The dome light not working when the doors open also annoys me.
This loosens the as … sy - But somehow a third fasten point somewhen under the wheel well or behind the Bed Liner prevents me from getting it removed. Anyway, he seemed to trace the issue to the rear hatch and he was able to make the problem go away for a couple days by tweaking the circuit board as he put it. The rain season where I live is now here and the fact I have no working rear wiper sucks! The rain season where I live is now here and the fact I have no working rear wiper sucks! Slide the trim panel downward to engage mounting hooks. You can here the motor running to try to open it and the dash board will say lift gate access open even though it can't open on the lock mode , at least it has not yet. I know I must go back to the shop and see if they can get it working at all and then see if they can figure out how to calibrate it as per your suggested tech bulletin. Pry gently with a thin-bladed tool in order to release the clips.
The dealer promises only to look for the problem. The dealer stated that the failure was a common and known problem. Insufficient in size or thickness to adequately seal the bottom corners of the lift gate. The two last things that stand in your way are plastic hinges that hold the panel to the door frame. It is a second vehicle and stays garaged most of the time. Installation Procedure Install the liftgate lock cylinder.
There are 2 latches and 2 switches on that door. Posted on Aug 02, 2011 This sounds like you have a grounding problem with your hatch circuits. When you close the hatch, it is jamming the latch hook into the wrong area. Remove the cables attached to actuator assembly. The rest of the doors and locks are fine.
The only thing that works is the lock mechanism. Current is always going to take the path of least resistance and who knows what you have running in the truck, turn signals on, break lights, head lights, etc. I talking to body shops and the dealership, I have learned that this problem is not that uncommon. You will have to disassemble the gate in order to replace the plastic piece which is easily removed from the actuator, but cannot be fixed with glue, even with crazy glue. There are only 2 push-in plastic posts holding it now, so gently but firmly pull the assembly straight back and it will pop out.