1997 rear hatch stuck

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1997 rear hatch stuck

Postby bravo » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:24 am

Hi every one,
I own a 1997 pathfinder and the rear hatch has suddenly stopped opening. This happened overnite with no warning. I am unable to get it open. any help on fixing it would be appreciated.

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Postby AwesomeAlex » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:11 pm

the seal may just be stuck. this happens on my '96 every once and a while. just try pulling it a little harder.

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Postby windstev » Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:18 am

Mine did the same thing. Wish I could tell you its an easy fix. For some reason the latch mechanism just stops working. I could get the secondary position up but the primary was futile after many tries. ie: the hatch would open a crack but not release entirely. I ended up pulling the panel off the inside of the door and using a drill to literally mangle the latching mechanism untill I could get it released. In not so many words, it was a meticulous and painstaking affair. Drill a couple small holes at strategic locations, then move up to bigger bits. Once open replace, the hook and latch and you should be good to go.
Hope this helps.

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