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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