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Rear Hatch Mechanism Stuck

Old 10-03-2018, 01:48 PM
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Like others have mentioned before, WD40 is not a great lubricant.
Is great to clean the parts and remove some rust, but afterwards you should use a better lubricant.

Many recommend a silicone spray, which is what I've used on mine and I only have to apply it 1 or 2 a year.
Living in the Rust Belt, I try to apply it once in the fall and another time in the spring.

The silicone spray is also great for all the rubber seals around the doors & hatch, which I also do in spring & fall.
And also inside the window tracks, which I only apply 1 / year.
Old 10-03-2018, 10:14 PM
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Thank you Black3sr, but my Honda Fit is an older model and doesn't have the "safety release lever." There's only a small access hole inside the rear hatch. Other online sites suggest pushing the metal lever to the right to release the latch, but unfortunately, nothing happens and it's still locked tight. If anyone has a suggestion on what to push, pull or prod with a screwdriver, I would be most grateful.

Maintenance access hole is extremely small
Old 01-11-2019, 03:07 PM
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Hatch issues

My '09 Sport (75000 km) just did the same thing: doing some multi-stop grocery shopping and hatch worked fine at first stop but refused to open at the next store. Mutter, mutter!!! My issue was on the handle area as it felt like it was in the "open" position" and had no movement. Thanks everyone for the hints, a couple of shots of Fluid Film (similar to WD40 but without the water content) and it seems to be working OK. Fluid Film, I think, is available at Canadian Tire, probably NAPA, etc.
Old 03-02-2019, 12:37 PM
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Good video here going to lube my stuck latch today on my 2013, hope it works but glad I have easy access with folding seats ....insert wink.

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