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Old 10-01-2017, 04:59 PM   #1
jimpomm
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rear hatch button stopped working

I have a 2000 touring with 337k on it, still runs and drives fine. All of a sudden , my rear hatch button does not work, no click like usual, nothing. I know the trick of opening the hatch from the inside, but it's a pain, as I use this touring as my work truck. With that many miles , not too worried about hauling all kinds of things in the rear. Any ideas on how to troubleshoot and or test the switch. I have watched a couple utube vids on the switch when located on a sedan . Also is there a fuse to check?

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Old 10-01-2017, 06:07 PM   #2
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I'd be checking the wiring between the hatch and the body of the car. I fixed the rear defroster on my last one by locating a broken wire in the hatch jamb. It's fairly common to find broken wires in there, especially with the mileage on yours. Open the hatch and work one end of each boot free (there's wiring on the left and right sides) and pull it back and inspect things for breaks. You may also find some with cracked insulation that are getting close to breaking.

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Old 10-02-2017, 05:09 PM   #3
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hmm, think you might have pointed me in right direction, I wiggled the wires you mentioned and the hatch latch is working again, I know that I need to open things up and repair the wire, ty.
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Old 10-02-2017, 06:04 PM   #4
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Please buy good friction tape. That area under the covers is exposed to water.
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Old 10-02-2017, 07:54 PM   #5
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Please buy good friction tape. That area under the covers is exposed to water.
Agreed. If the insulation is just cracked, but the wire itself is in good shape it's ok to just tape it up with some good quality tape. On the broken wires I solder and heat shrink to ensure a solid, lasting repair.

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Old 10-07-2017, 10:49 PM   #6
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My in-law had a similar problem in his x3, ended up replacing the switch above license plate.

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