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I have searched and did not find a solution. I think someone messed around with it trying to break in.

When I pull on outside latch handle, it won't grab and release the latch.

Inside, I do have the very small hole in the plastic cover removed, and have tried to dig around to get the latch manually opened.

I have been digging around here youtube and have not found the trick to getting fingers or tools in the round opening and where I should be pushing or pulling.

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This plastic cover will likely need to come off. There are still some bolts in the handle to remove. Then the plastic should be able to be popped off.
 

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Appreciate that. Are there not also a couple of bolts at the bottom of the hatch and therefore inaccessible with it stuck shut
 

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It may not have to come off. I'd think through the small hole you'd be able to do this...
 

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Much appreciated. I had seen this one and had tried. No luck yet. Not sure if the latch is different. Nothing that is as easy as he does with one finger
 

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That hole is for emergency release. If the lock actuator or latch is stuck in the locked position, you'll have to use a hammer and punch to open it, then obviously replace the latch assembly.
 

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Thanks @Slvr7 - although I was hoping for an easier solution. Does anyone know the price on the lock assembly from Honda ?
 

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My 05 lock got cranky one time. I hope you can release it, and even more hope it's as simple a solution as mine was. And yes there are a an entire line of plastic screws alongside the latch to release the tailgate trim.

in my instance the bolts holding the latch came loose so it either failed to latch or failed to unlatch.

On vacation of course, which provided a perfect excuse to get more tools....

The latch itself is help in position with two bolts. If they loosen the latch goes out of alignment alignment. Removing the trim around the latch released one loose bolt and the other hanging on for dear life. A simple but space limited repair.

 

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Thanks @Rocky This give a clear view of removing the trim and accessing the bolts and then the lock assembly.

would people sense be that while mine remains latched, that the solution is the hammer and a punch as per @Slvr7 above?
 

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If you can get at the screws like this, it's easier.

Removing liftgate panel on inside???


Here's how I did it (with pics):

Rattle/Squeak from rear of hatch


If you do need to remove the rear liftgate (hatch) trim, here's how.



And if you end up having to replace the latch itself, this should help, too.



The attached document should help as well.
 

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