Intermittent tailgate lock malfunction

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Re: Intermittent tailgate lock malfunction

Postby kmoose - October 4th, 2012, 9:36 pm

I got my tailgate open, fortunately, but I did find instructions on a variety of websites how to do it if the tailgate won't open. It can be done, but I don't envy the person doing it.
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Re: Intermittent tailgate lock malfunction

Postby martin-csr - October 5th, 2012, 9:07 am

toyfarm wrote:How do you get to the mechanism, when you can not get the rear hatch open?

The way others have done it is to pull the interior plastic away from the hatch at the top, then reach in & operate the actuator rod to unlock the hatch. The plastic at the top is held in place by ~4 spring clips, so just pull the plastic away from the hatch. Once you get the hatch open, you'll see that there are 4 screws at the bottom.

I've never had a problem w the rear hatch on my 2002. But something I did was to remove the plastic & drill a hole in the plastic for future access. I plugged the hole w a black cap from Lowes. It kinda matches some of the Ford caps on the car's interior already.

Just a couple of pics to show the mechanism.
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Re: Intermittent tailgate lock malfunction

Postby toyfarm - October 8th, 2012, 6:17 am

Thanks for the reply and the great pictures.
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Re: Intermittent tailgate lock malfunction

Postby tatsimaru - October 9th, 2012, 1:56 pm

I have a similair problem. Sometime I can open the tailgate after unlocking with the remote. But other time, no mater what i do, the tailgate wont unlock even if I unlock the door by using tue contron in the driver door. I have to put the key in the ignition, set the key to acessory then unlock the door with de button on the driver door. Then the tailgate ant the tailgate window work again.

I dont see any pics in the post, I would also like to see the mecanisme.
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Re: Intermittent tailgate lock malfunction

Postby toyfarm - October 9th, 2012, 2:04 pm

OK, I purchased the whole latch for the rear lift gate. The part # is Ford Part Number:
9L8Z-7843150-B This has everything. Unbolt the old latch and bolt this in it's place. I paid $107.00 for it at the dealer. Job done, no more problems, one less headache.
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Re: Intermittent tailgate lock malfunction

Postby charlie1939 - June 19th, 2015, 11:33 am

[/quote][b]Quote from "goetzr01" [/b]On my 2009 Mercury Mariner, it actually was due to a corroded contacts in the switch - Motorcraft SW5855 Door Jamb Relay. Check this first. $25 on Amazon. You can swap the switches from your glass to the door one to see if this is in fact the problem. You will need to take off the plastic inside the tailgate to loosen the panel that holds the switches.[/quote]

HELP!!! Please explain how you got to the switch to replace it. My 2008 XLT has a plastic trim molding that has the Ford badge on it and the two door (liftgate latch and window latch) switches are on the underside above the license plate. I have removed the four nuts from the studs that protrude into the inside of the door, but the plastic molding is still firmly attached, what other tricks are involved in pulling this molding off the liftgate??? I'm at a loss to figure this out without breaking the plastic trim piece.
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Re: Intermittent tailgate lock malfunction

Postby Mike Dee - June 21st, 2015, 10:30 pm

The name tag has the nuts PLUS plastic barbed pins, its easy to reach and squeeze them with a pair of pliers, pop them 1 at a time until its done, 2-4 of them if I recall.
My friends 2008 hatch quit, I saw the video from the ford guy on youtube so it made the procedure easier. I found a corroded wire though, I believe it was a common ground for everything back there, soldered on a new piece of wire and it works like a charm, I was assuming I needed the parts, so it was a quick and easy fix.
The switches just pop out, I took it apart only to find nothing, just a spring and simple contact, like in a tv remote. I put it back together and THEN found the broken wire lol. Look for any green coating on the wiring, if you see some tug that wire and see it it comes loose.
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