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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-25-2009, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Power Rear Hatch Activation

Does anyone know if there's a way to activate the power hatch when you are sitting in the driver's seat with the key in the ignition and the engine running? As I see it right now, the only options are to turn off the engine and remove the key from the ignition, or to leave the engine running, get out, go around to the hatch, and manually lift the hatch.

I tried to operate it with the second FOB while the engine was running, but no luck.
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Did you try the button on the overhead console ?

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There's a button for the hatch up there?

Damn I feel dumb.
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Not all XK's have that button. If you do not have the button then your options are to get out or to shut off the engine and hit the key fob button.

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I think there is a thread on this subject, if I remember correctly the duscussion was that the rear hatch would not open while in motion or engine running as Chrysler did not want the emmissions to enter the rear window while the wehicle was in motion.



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Mine does not have the overhead consol button ... this spring I am planning to do a mod to install a hatch release button and pull lever in the back somwhere, as I have been locked in a couple times.

I hop in the back and close the door to keep warm while I'm working in there and had to climb over the seats, shut off the Commander and take the key out to open the hatch.

I figure I can wire a hot line directly to the unlock solinoid, and either a lever or a simple 'T' pull to open the hatch from inside ... if that looks too complicated I'll rig up a button to at least open the glass.
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Not all XK's have that button. If you do not have the button then your options are to get out or to shut off the engine and hit the key fob button.
You are right . Only the ones with the power liftgate have that button.

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according to jeep 5253's signature, he has an 06. unless thats not his.

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according to jeep 5253's signature, he has an 06. unless thats not his.
That's right I have an '06. Never said I didn't.

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