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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-13-2012, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Liftgate wont open

Hi Friends,


I have a 2008 SLE Acadia.

My liftgate wont open. The liftgate is having electronic switch (instead of manual lever) to unlock the door. I do not have the complete power liftgate where there is a motor to open the liftgate.

When I press the switch in the gate, I can hear the click sound of the lock. But door is still shut! I pulled hardly but still is shut.

I am wondering if anyone had faced this? Also, I dont know how will the mechanic open the liftgate.... is there any manual switch we can press to make it open (like CD/DVD drives )

THanks.

Ronil

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-13-2012, 12:48 PM
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Re: Liftgate wont open

Chances are it's a bad touchpad, and needs to be replaced. I don't know of any backup method for opening it if the touchpad fails. Sorry.

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Chances are it's a bad touchpad, and needs to be replaced. I don't know of any backup method for opening it if the touchpad fails. Sorry.
Hi, i wish it is touchpad only. But when i press the touchpad, i can hear the click sound (as I used to since before). I am afraid that the motor or plunger (haven't seen what is inside) can not completely unlock the mechanism.

Oh, what will happen if motor or plunger totally failed. How will the dealer gain access to the inside? I dont think they can removed the interior black plastic when the door is shut. I wish they have atleast retain the key access where we can use our key to open the lifegate manually....

It seems I can't sleep well tonight.

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-13-2012, 01:13 PM
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Re: Liftgate wont open

You can open the liftgate without electrical power.
From inside there is an access plug that you need to remove on the liftgate.
Then push on the silver lever located to the right, inside the access hole.
It should now open from the outside.

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-13-2012, 01:13 PM
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Re: Liftgate wont open

Where do you live?

Mine freezes shut sometimes from the cold weather. I hear the click but the liftgate will not open until thawed-out a little bit.

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Where do you live?

Mine freezes shut sometimes from the cold weather. I hear the click but the liftgate will not open until thawed-out a little bit.
It's probably not the cold. He lists Kuwait as his location in his signature.

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Re: Liftgate wont open

If the battery is properly connected
and has adequate voltage, and the
liftgate still will not function, the
vehicle should be taken to a dealer
for service

BUT--- thats the manual talking.

In the rear- at the base of the tailgate (this is my traverse)..
there is a plug- remove it (screwdriver or fingernail- it pops off) and you have access to the mechanical.
Stick a screwdriver in there and it should release the mechanism.
Youll have to lower the rear seats and lay down to take a look at what youre poking at.


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Re: Liftgate wont open

Thanks guyz! I thought there will be no manunal access to open it manually.. hehehe.

I will look for it later.


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It's probably not the cold. He lists Kuwait as his location in his signature.
My bad... I didn't even read his signature, just noticed there was no location listed in his bio / info

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Re: Liftgate wont open

50andretired, rbarrios & Friends,

I have tried poking the thing inside the access, but it seems I don't know the proper way to release it.

Would you be kind to guide me on which way I am going to move the lever?

Attached is the picture. I wish you can download it and edit it in MS paint to mark the directions?


Kind regards,
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