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2008 Saturn Vue liftgate will not open
The endgate/liftgate can be locked or unlocked by operating either one of the front door lock switches, your's doesn't do this ?
Once the vehicle doors have been unlocked, the endgate/liftgate can be opened by using the handle mounted to the exterior of the gate. The endgate/liftgate can be locked or unlocked by operating either one of the front door lock switches, or by pressing the Lock/Unlock button on the key fob. The endgate/liftgate lock and unlock functions operate in conjunction with the rear doors.
Posted on Jun 28, 2018
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The easy part is you just need the latch for the liftgate. The hard part is getting to it and opening the liftgate to replace the latch. You should be able to pull the liftgate trim off most of the way with the gate closed and try to manually actuate the latch to open the gate. You may have to go so far as breaking the latch from the inside to open the gate and then replace your latch.
Posted on Dec 17, 2008
Check input circuit from liftgate switch to body computer. If circuit is open with switch dis-connected, check output circuit from body computer. You will need a wiring diagram, if circiut is powered with switch dis-connected, replace body computer.
Posted on Feb 21, 2009
I highly recommend that you purchase a Haynes service manual for your Outback; we don't have any vehicle without one.
The number for your car is: 89101
I checked and found the liftgate described in sufficient detail to troubleshoot your problem.
The Haynes manuals cost between $15-$30 US and you can often find the best price on eBay but if you check with any of the chain auto parts stores, you can probably find one before they close today.
I also suggest you buy a cheap digital multimeter for electrical testing. If in the US, Radio Shack has some under $20 US or if near a Harbor Freight tool store, they are under $10. Each of our vehicles has one in the glove box.
I checked the schematic (circuit diagram) for the liftgate actuator and there is no separate fuse for it, it is on the same circuit with the other door locks. There are however, two plugs in the line to the common wires so either of these could be either disconnected or corroded preventing current flow. I have noticed a random problem with the lock/latch mechanism on ours; if the hatch is closed well enough to satisfy the warning circuit but not completely engaged, one can tug on the handle repeatedly without effect but pushing it forward will complete the latching sequence and then it opens easily; it clicks when happy.
Posted on Mar 22, 2009
I have a 2005 relay. The instrument panel on that model is inside the glove compartment where you will find a detachable panel leading to the fuses.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Jul 31, 2009
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