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2000 996 Rear Hatch Release

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Hey gang!

I have a little problem. My rear hatch release on my 2000 C4 is broken (wire snapped or something let go) I am able to open via the emergency cable in the left tail light. However, I would like to fix the release mechanism. Any ideas or steps I should follow to see what the cause is or how to fix it. I thank you all in advance.


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so I took it apart at both ends. The cable looks jammed somewhere in the middle. Both ends are intact but I can't move either of them. Is it possible that it's pinched somewhere in the middle? Does that cable run inside the car or on the outside (under the car)?



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Could be the solenoid that locks the levers in the door sill has failed.

See the DIY for dis-assembly and inspection here

Hey Loren,

That's what I used in the first place to disassemble. the solenoid looks like it's working fine (moving in and out when I lock and unlock doors). I disconnected the cable at both ends and it won't move when I pull from either end. Are these prone to seizing (rusting inside)? It feels jammed or pinched. Aaaarrgggg!!! It worked fine up until a few months ago. It just suddenly quit on me.


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