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Offline JayRamb

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Rear hatch on Eagle won't open
« on: August 02, 2011, 02:22:42 PM »
Not sure how this happened...My 84 Eagle...I went to turn the key to open the hatch and the key turns, but the hatch won't open. I think the mechanism disconnected. How the heck do I open this hatch up without destroying anything?
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Re: Rear hatch on Eagle won't open
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2011, 02:42:32 PM »
I think you'll have to get into the cargo area with your trusty Phillips screwdriver and remove the interior plastic to gain access to the latch mechanism.  I can't remember offhand, but hopefully all of the screws are accessible with the hatch closed.
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Re: Rear hatch on Eagle won't open
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2011, 02:53:46 PM »
I had to do this. And yes its a :censored: (i knew it would be censored) but it is. Its possible however.

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Re: Rear hatch on Eagle won't open
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2011, 04:36:31 PM »
I think you'll have to get into the cargo area with your trusty Phillips screwdriver and remove the interior plastic to gain access to the latch mechanism.  I can't remember offhand, but hopefully all of the screws are accessible with the hatch closed.

eeeeeeeeewwww!!!  Well, I hope to have a COOOOOL night to do so! It's been too :censored: hot!
Jayson H.
Best HWY Mileage of 87 Eagle:  26.2 MPG

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1987 Garnet Red Eagle: 64,500 miles
SOLD 1984 Black Eagle Limited w/Tach & gauge cluster: 245,100 miles SOLD
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Re: Rear hatch on Eagle won't open
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2011, 03:22:09 PM »
Right before I stored it for the summer in the quonset on the farm, I had the plastic trim off and was cleaning out the inside, lubed the wiper motor with dielectric grease and white lithium grease on the wiper arm mechanism. I also painted and used POR-15 on the metal inside to prevent rust. I think the mechanism for the lock is disconnected. Either way...I have a little project ahead of me. I'll have to hit up a junk yard for lock mechanism. One yard I know has the keys inside the Eagles to open the hatches.
Jayson H.
Best HWY Mileage of 87 Eagle:  26.2 MPG

Believer in AMSOIL & Seafoam


1987 Garnet Red Eagle: 64,500 miles
SOLD 1984 Black Eagle Limited w/Tach & gauge cluster: 245,100 miles SOLD
1967 Rambler Rebel 4 Door 290 V8 (original family car) Marina Aqua 136K miles
1967 Rambler Rebel 4 Door 290 V8 parts car in Marina Aqua
2009 Nissan Murano SL

 

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