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1996 Chevrolet Astro Passenger Base Ext 111 WB RWD

1996 Chevrolet Astro Passenger
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Rear Wheel Drive, Extended 111" WB
16 mpg city / 20 mpg hwy
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August 27, 2012, 7:27 am

Curt B
 

Question: rear liftgate won't unlatch on driver side

It seems the actuator or solenoid that electrically opens the latch sounds dead.
Upon pressing the keyed opening button on the gate (which normally actuates both latches), you can hear the passenger side releasing and you can flex open the door slightly, but the driver side is still holding fast.
Locking and unlocking the button does nothing.

I'm thinking there has to be some manual override or release on the inside of vehicle. Every station wagon or van I've owned had some way to open tailgates from the inside in case of emergency.

I have no owners manual.
It is a conversion van, so there may be an inspection cover somewhere that is covered by a cosmetic panel.
I tried to look myself, but I got real agitated as I started pulling off panels. When I started really yanking at them, I stopped myself. I've broken too many things over the years being enraged, when something simple would have solved the problem.

I'm not going to a dealer. I don't want to wind up having the whole tail, the tires, and the firewall replaced just because of a loose wire.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank You in Advance;
Curt


September 9, 2012, 9:16 pm

Elizabeth K
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That's a common problem, here's some instructions:
http://www.automotiveforums.com/t177871-rear_hatch_door_stuck.html


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