2013 PPV Lift Gate Latch INOP

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After Googling it, watching some videos and searching here I thought I'd post my experience with a photo.
The videos are mostly non ppv and the dimple in the interior panel is lined up directly over the latch. They show a button you push with a screwdriver after drilling a small hole in the panel.
This forum suggests drilling a large 1 and 1/8 inch hole offset to the right of the latch at the little circle on the panel and poke around until you trip the latch.

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I started with an 1/8 inch hole poked around trying to find that button they showed in the video, couldn't hit it. I next drilled a 1/4 inch hole and poked around with a longer screwdriver, even trying to poke directly over the latch but still no dice on this magic button.
I then drilled a big one inch hole thinking surely this'll give me more room to find it, shining a light in there didn't help see it either. Next step was my inspection camera and I still didn't see this magic button but I did see a silver lever on the side of the latch.
I pushed the lever and it popped the latch, so if anyone else goes through this, you're looking for the SILVER LEVER to push.

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Good guide! Just bought a '12 PPV and the department who ownded it before me already had the hole for me to pop it open. Now I just gotta figure out why the rear hatch isn't working!
 

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After Googling it, watching some videos and searching here I thought I'd post my experience with a photo.
The videos are mostly non ppv and the dimple in the interior panel is lined up directly over the latch. They show a button you push with a screwdriver after drilling a small hole in the panel.
This forum suggests drilling a large 1 and 1/8 inch hole offset to the right of the latch at the little circle on the panel and poke around until you trip the latch.

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I started with an 1/8 inch hole poked around trying to find that button they showed in the video, couldn't hit it. I next drilled a 1/4 inch hole and poked around with a longer screwdriver, even trying to poke directly over the latch but still no dice on this magic button.
I then drilled a big one inch hole thinking surely this'll give me more room to find it, shining a light in there didn't help see it either. Next step was my inspection camera and I still didn't see this magic button but I did see a silver lever on the side of the latch.
I pushed the lever and it popped the latch, so if anyone else goes through this, you're looking for the SILVER LEVER to push.

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I’ve preemptively drilled that hole in the panel since the weapon locker would prevent doing so if the electric latch release fails.
 
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I believe I could've gotten away with a 1/4 inch hole if I knew what I was looking for with that silver lever.
My plan, once it warms up, is to pull the rear panel, unplug the handle switch and test it with a voltmeter, it should make a solid connection with the handle squeezed.
If it does make connection then I'll move over to the lock and power it with a trickle charger to see if it activates, if it does then move to the wiring bundle above the lift gate.
The rear window still popped open so I doubt it's a wiring issue, my bet is the lift gate handle switch.
 

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I believe I could've gotten away with a 1/4 inch hole if I knew what I was looking for with that silver lever.
My plan, once it warms up, is to pull the rear panel, unplug the handle switch and test it with a voltmeter, it should make a solid connection with the handle squeezed.
If it does make connection then I'll move over to the lock and power it with a trickle charger to see if it activates, if it does then move to the wiring bundle above the lift gate.
The rear window still popped open so I doubt it's a wiring issue, my bet is the lift gate handle switch
I tried opening my hatch when it was frozen shut. I didn't realize it was frozen and when I pulled on it to open I heard a loud pop. Now when I push the handle to open or try to use the auto open/close it just buzzes and won't open. It does unlatch though. My tech2 says it's the latch. Summer project.
 

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