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Cold natured hatch mechanism

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Every time there's a temperature drop (including most of winter), the release button on my hatch quits working, and I have to use the key to open the hatch after using the remote to unlock the hatch.

I've tried using the hatch release on the driver's door and the remote, neither one will unlock the hatch release button once the temperature drops. I took the hatch apart last winter, but found no problem.

I can hear the relay when I use the button on the remote, or the door switch. I'm thinking that maybe something somewhere is contracting when it gets cold, but can't figure out what.

Any one else have a problem with this, or am I the only one? I know that AZ Rick and I discussed this way back on another thread, but I thought I'd start a new thread to see if anyone else had a similar problem.
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Huh? The only discussion I remember about the rear hatch was if there was any way to make it hold down tighter to hopefully make it rattle less.

Anyways, have you ever lubricated the hatch mechinism?
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Hey Rick,

well, I could be wrong, but I think it came up in another thread - we were discussing whether or not the rear hatch key is physically attached to the latch mechanism, or if it just operates the relay.

At any rate, it has nothing to do with lube - it has to do with temperature. I guess from the lack of responses I'm the only one with the problem.

Ohh yeah I remember that. It's deffinitely physically attached to the key. The first point on the turn activates the electrical latch, but if you turn it more it does activate a mechanical release. I confirmed this a few weeks back when my 12 volt died on me.

And I really don't know what else to tell you. Does it come unlatched when you turn the key to the first click or do you have to turn it all the way to the right for it to work? If it opens with the first click then I'd say it's something with the transponder or something electrical.
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