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Honda pilot rear hatch – stuck shut – Auto Repair Chat

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Come along with Eric O. at the SMA shop as he shows you how to get the rear gate/hatch open on a Honda Pilot when it is stuck shut! he also shows you one of the most common problems that keeps you from getting the hatch open. --Enjoy!
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49 thoughts on “Honda pilot rear hatch – stuck shut”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dent Tech says:

    My actuator is clicking with the key and the dash button but not the handle pad?

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ashley Bass says:

    what if when you push that latch, it still doesn't open? What's that diagnosis, and what needs to be repaired?

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sandy CA says:

    Thanks, now I know how to open my rear hatch from the inside.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kyle George says:

    What’s the part number?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Reed says:

    My hand doesn't even fit in the hole on my 2011 Pilot Touring. Your diag video is great, but I wish the access was larger so I could fix it. Any suggestions on removing the lower trim?

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Patrick Martinez says:

    So what happens when the manual lever doesn’t unlock the hatch from the inside? Any insight to that problem?

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Justin West says:

    I just did this and now none of my locks are working. What just happened?

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Puckett says:

    This guy is great! 90% of the time, every time.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars carbideblue says:

    Another thing to keep in mind is that the computer can override the door actuator if it "thinks" that it cannot correctly read the locked state of all the passenger doors.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RNL says:

    So how do you replace the touchpad switch????????

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Auntie Fan420 says:

    Thanks!!!!

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TechMan 21 says:

    it's a 09-15 not 08

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars humberto guerrero says:

    Y don't I have power just to my tail gate on my 09 acura mdx

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars christopher says:

    guess I'm gonna be popping off covers and giving places in my acura the classic reacharound since that looked really similar

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars The Mueller says:

    Screwdriver trick didn't work so now I have to dig deeper into it

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Marquez says:

    Mine is a crv with extra button to lock/unlock aside from the button to open/close the tailgate becuase it is a smart entry. How many wires and how to distinguish those wires? Mine is still working but just wondering if it gets to the point of not working i can hopefully repair it myself too. I am thinking there will just be 3 wires having a common ground to the 2 buttons. TIA!

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars VIP Constrictors says:

    Forget the electronics. How you open mechanically with dead battary

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars eva rumble says:

    Thank you for this video!! I was able to open my 2015 Honda Pilot trunk and get my jumper cables from the underneath compartment. Whew!!

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars R S says:

    What’s the part needed?

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars S Thread says:

    Thanks! Worked like a charm. Used one of my wife’s shoes for the job.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shadow Cross says:

    Will this work on a 2006 Honda Pilot EX-L model.? What part would I need to order. Have similar issues and has open before and now being stubborn and not want to open and just bought on the 9th.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Justin West says:

    Does it need a replacement or is there a fix for this. I can't even find a replacement.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michelle Nespeca says:

    So what is the actual part that you need to order for this?

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donovan Montgomery says:

    Thank you for the timely video. Just saved me a ton of frustration on my wife's Pilot.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Malibu Man says:

    I have same issue on a 2007 CR-V but pad and actuator both work. What other logic is preventing it from opening… I read somewhere that if the other door sensor is at fault, it may prevent tailgate from opening.. ?

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Butterfly 421 says:

    I’m having this problem now with my Honda Pilot Your video was very helpful…Thank you!!!

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hh Money says:

    Thank you sir, was able to fix my 02 MDX

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Maribel says:

    Hello Erik, I a problem with my rear passenger seat. The door won’t open but it’s because the lock won’t unlock. I already tried unlocking it with the remote control and by hand but it just won’t unlock 🤷🏻‍♀️
    Would you please help me with this? Thank you so much!! 🙏🏼

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jade Dorian says:

    74812-SZA-A01 for second generation Honda Pilot (2009-2015).

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars #CashHacks says:

    Hey, I have a 2003 with the same problem, I can manually unlock it after removing the entire plastic cover but there doesn't appear to be a manual latch to open it. How can I open the latch without cutting the latch striker with some bolt cutters?

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Diez Nuts! says:

    Ha! After dreading the chore of troubleshooting my rear hatch latch electrical circuit, Eric offers the "bypass" technique…solved my problem…kudos to you, sir!

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Marie Saint says:

    Thanks I was able to open my 2019 before my husband found out

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Pali says:

    Do you know if this trim works on 2008 MDX ??

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Duncan Mac says:

    Thanks for the video.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars HealthJeeps &Guns says:

    My hatch is stuck closed at the moment so this video is great!! Thanks so much, I'll be working on this as soon as I get off work today

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Daniel says:

    I'm disappointed in this video Eric O. Not once did I see the use of "Brake Cleaner". Now I have to wonder if the hatch button was really fixed.. Love the quick tip. Thanks again for sharing your vast wealth of knowledge with the general public, especially the DIY guys..

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 110john says:

    Any video on replacing the pad? Also, if I am getting the locking sound when I push the pad and the door remains stuck is that the same problem? I have manually opened the hatch, but if I close it, it gets stuck again. Appreciate any help.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Carson Griffiths says:

    I did this, but even that won’t unlock it

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars METRIS T says:

    I don't have that little push button on my any other way to get it done?

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stone Blue says:

    That's a huge tip. I would guess that many will find that useful!

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Esteban Rexach says:

    What size are srew to hold the hatch lock

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andres Gutierrez says:

    Thanks !!!!! Great video

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars B. Butler says:

    Mines will not close do you have any information on fixing that problem?

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mikey mike says:

    You left out the part where you swap out the touchpad. Lol

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pete Medina says:

    Cool man I'll to remember that if I know anyone that this happens to. I think you do a great job of showing the problem and then explain and show the repair👍

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars S G says:

    The rear hatch can probably be opened using your scanner (active test) instead of climbing back there ….