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I have a 2007 SXT with 91,XXX miles on it and just had the rear latch break on mine last night. I just want to say thank you to the post to help with getting it open. I found on my model since I do not have the speakers on the rear gate that my rear panel is extremely easy to remove. I crawled back there with a skinny flat head screw driver and popped the upper door panel plastics loose on both sides and then pulled the lower complete section off which is held in place by plastic tabs with metal covered tips that pop in the door enough for me to get a good look at the mechanism to where I could open the door (need two people to do this as you would guess). I discovered that my power lock works just fine and that the handle is broke at the top and not pulling the cable far enough open the latch at the bottom, I also noticed that the flat upper section on the outside portion of the door which holds the handle, tag lights and dodge emblem is actually loose and I could see the bolts on the sides that were broken out of the upper section. I was wondering if anyone has seen this happen? I searched online last night and found the upper section used but it didn't have the cable to attach to the release latch but it did have the handle in it. I would really like to avoid buying this part from the dealer because of the cost but I also don't drive the car that much and it usually sits in the garage because I just got a new car.
I had the same problem with my 2011, and replaced the mechanism with a cheap one, put it all back together after 1 month and now bam intermittant again. im wondering if it could be the bcm for the locks. if i try to open and close several times it stops working for all the doors.
 

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Fixed lock acuator

Thanks to these posts I was able to fix the hatchback acuator at no cost!

When unlocking my car I would hear a horrible grinding/ticking noise when the hatchback was locked. It didnt make the noise when unlocking. Eventually it stopped working altogether.

The previous comments helped get me get hatchback unlocked. This was dond by pushing down on the solenoid thingy. The trim around the door was removed easily enough. It was just screwed and clipped in.

I was able to open the acuator and found the gear worn. A new acuator was going to cost $150 and I cant find just the gear for sale.


Not wanting to spend the $150 I came up with a way to reuse the existing gear by repositioning the gear so that it is using an unworn part of the gear.

After opening the actuator I found a creative way of how to reuse the gear with a bit of cutting and gluing. At the bottom of the gray gear is a slot that only allows the gear to turn a certain amount. I cut a channel on the other side of the gear. I then reinstalled the gear 180 degrees from what it was. Now I had to refigure the shaft which is positioned in the middle of the gear. I cut the head of the shaft off. Scuffed it with sandpaper and then used gorilla glue to restall 180 degrees. Then installed the shaft back into the gear. The gorilla glue seemed to weld the plastic pieces! After reinstalling everything it works great.

So thanks to all who posted and I hope this helps another DIYer
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