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Hatch release

I push the electric hatch release and I hear the clunk in the back but it is still not released. I still have to unlock w/ key. Is there an adjustment I can make??
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Old 07-24-2004, 04:27 PM
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The hatch is sucked down too tight. When you unlock with the key, do you have to push down on the hatch to get it open?
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Not really, but it does take a bit of "pushing up" to get it to go up
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I found that you needed the catches set to hold the hatch closed tightly, that way the pressure would spring the hatch up a bit when you press the release. Otherwise, it would just recatch when you let off the button.
Try screwing in the catch pins a turn or so..
Also, Have someone hold the button while you lift the hatch. If it lifts, then tightening the pins should do the trick.
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Well, there you have it, it's either too tight or too loose, kinda like the upcoming election.

Sounds like you have a Nader. It might be too loose, and you are leaning like you should tighten the latches (suck it down) , except that you don't know which way to go. Along about late September, you'll say... what the f, and tighten it down (Screw Nader, and vote for Kerry). Six months later, you'll realize it's a PITA being too tight, and you'll wish you had voted otherwise.

Lessons in life from the 944 forum.

Yes, sounds like it needs to be adjusted.
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mine dont even work..i hit the button and i hear nothing LOL...something else i have to fix..
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Ah, you have the Hillary syndrome.

Probably gummed up from something sticky spilling on it. It is sitting back there looking for power.

Yep, someday you are gonna have to fix that, but it is gonna cost 3x what you thought. Best thing is to leave it alone and hope it just goes away.

Hillary syndrome.
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Mine sticks to the weatherstrip. I know I just need to put some silicone on it but I keep forgetting to buy some.

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That is the Monica syndrome.

Some water repelling silicone would have helped her too.
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awilson40 is probably right. The mechanism depends upon the pressure of the compressed seal to spring the hatch open. I'd suggest tightening the catch pins just until the hatch won't close when you use moderate force to shut it. Then back off a turn or two until it will just shut.
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On my hatch, the closing mechanism seems to get stuck in the open position. I have to pull back the carpet and manually turn the little lock mechanism so that it will lock when i close hatch. Is there some kind of spring or something missing?
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I pulled off the carpet back there only to find that the cable was broken. Any ideas where to buy the hatch release cable (or know what Pelican Parts calls it)?
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How do I adjust that setting?? I see the two nuts but they dont seem to do anything. I have to adjust the threaded rod coming down with the half sphere and I'm not sure how to do that.
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back the nut off at the base of the bolt, adjust as necessary and tighten.
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The bolt with the half-shpere is adjustable?? Seems like its solid
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Your talking about the two bolts at the hatch release points with the "acorn" tops, right? The bolt and top are one piece. Unscrew/screw the whole bolt.
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Got the acorn top bcked out on both sides and then realized it needed to go in not out. So, right side went in and is releasing nicely. Left side acorn will now not budge. Need to screw it back inthe other way but it wont move. Nut is not stopping it
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Yes, screw in to tighten. Not sure why the other side won't go in, it should. Try backing it out all the way and putting some lube on it, maybe that will help it go in further.
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Just purchased an '87 944 last friday.. Neither my interior hatch release on driver side *nor* my key via outer lock will pop the hatch.

From the inside of hatch I can move that mechanism that the key (presumably) turns and see the rods move inward, but no release.

Can someone pls post a quick pic of what bolt / catch spring / ect.. to tighten so I know what I'm looking for?
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livewirevoodoo, your problem is different. I think you should be able to open it by messing around with the release or cable. I haven't had this problem before but I know it is somewhat easy. Do some searching on this site. It's been discussed along with a particular break in method.
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