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Old 07-28-2010, 06:41 PM   #1
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Default 04 saturn vue liftgate won't open

Can anyone offer info. on how I can open the liftgate of my 04 saturn vue? It does not have a manual insert key, have wireless key remote which successfully opens/locks all doors, except the rear tailgate. Also, is there a fuse that can be replaced? I noticed an electrical diagram that shows the link to the liftgate but if there is a fuse, I cannot locate it. Please help!

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Old 07-28-2010, 08:22 PM   #2
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Default Re: 04 saturn vue liftgate won't open

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Can anyone offer info. on how I can open the liftgate of my 04 saturn vue? It does not have a manual insert key, have wireless key remote which successfully opens/locks all doors, except the rear tailgate. Also, is there a fuse that can be replaced? I noticed an electrical diagram that shows the link to the liftgate but if there is a fuse, I cannot locate it. Please help!
This has happened to others - there's no separate fuse - I recall one member cutting a hole in cover near the lock to release the latch.

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Old 07-29-2010, 06:09 PM   #3
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Default Re: 04 saturn vue liftgate won't open

I recently enlarged the hole and used one of those round metal plugs to fill it. It makes it easier to use and to make the hole match whats behind it. I would get the plug first and be careful not to make the hole too big! I painted the mechanism inside to see it better. Just put a screwdriver in the hole and move it (can't remember which way) but it unlocks it! I took these pictures from inside to give a better idea how it works and if you can't open the rear hatch now, this is how it would look to you while working on it.
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:19 PM   #4
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I should add I did not have a problem with my rear hatch when I added this hole, but I figured this would be good insurance in case I did have a problem in the future. Its not a bad idea for anyone with this same rear hatch to do this.

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Old 07-29-2010, 09:35 PM   #5
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I should add I did not have a problem with my rear hatch when I added this hole, but I figured this would be good insurance in case I did have a problem in the future. Its not a bad idea for anyone with this same rear hatch to do this.
Termite ... you are one clever fellow.

Your superior planning makes the rest of us look bad.

I'll be cutting the hole in my hatch ASAP.

Probably much larger than you suggest because I have a new roll of duct tape.

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Old 09-01-2010, 10:05 AM   #6
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Default Re: 04 saturn vue liftgate won't open

I'm having the same problem in my 06 Vue but I lucked out and it stopped working in the unlocked position. This is a great fix but it seems we still have not figured out what the problem. Is it the wiring, lock mechanism? This is more or less a band-aid fix and I would like to know if anyone has figured out what the actual problem is so we can all go back to locking and unlocking the tail gate with our key pads.

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Default Re: 04 saturn vue liftgate won't open

One of the SUV's I rented earlier this year already had an access plug. I believe it was the Dodge Journey. I popped the plug and saw the slot to operate the lock mechanism.

poorboyz do you hear the solenoid inside the liftgate operate when you use the key fob?

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Old 09-05-2010, 07:49 AM   #8
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One of the SUV's I rented earlier this year already had an access plug. I believe it was the Dodge Journey. I popped the plug and saw the slot to operate the lock mechanism.

poorboyz do you hear the solenoid inside the liftgate operate when you use the key fob?

I don't hear anything...it's completely dead. I'll probably go buy a new mechanism. I also have to fix the strut mounts (for the 2nd time) and I just finished redoing the AC system (changed compressor) on a 58k mile car.

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Old 09-05-2010, 06:24 PM   #9
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Did you use a DVM to check for voltage when you press the key fob button?

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Default Re: 04 saturn vue liftgate won't open

My Thanks also. This allowed me to get the hatch open. I believe my mechanism is bad. Looking for P\N and a place to buy a replacement.

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