Rear Hatch Does Not Open

Tiny
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  • 2003 HONDA ODYSSEY
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 145,000 MILES
All of the sudden the rear hatch door will not open when the door is unlocked. It was working fine yesterday and there was no unusual event to cause this. The door lock moves up and down normally but the door handle on the outside of the door behaves like the door is locked. There is no door handle on the inside.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Saturday, May 8th, 2010 AT 10:14 AM

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Tiny
HONDA TECH 1818
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The cable probably fell off, you need to remove the rear hatch panel to inspect cables. Here are diagrams to show you what to look for (below). Please let us know what you find.

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Saturday, May 8th, 2010 AT 3:43 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the help. I removed the panel and the rod was fine but the cable had come out of the slot in the handle housing that it sits in. I popped it back in and it works fine now.
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Sunday, May 9th, 2010 AT 12:00 AM
Tiny
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I have the same issue with the rear hatch door, could you please help me how to open the pannel? I could see that rod fell down and I could see the hole on middle of the plastic pannel(jest below the mirror). Any help would be greatly appriciated ! Thanks in advance !
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 AT 7:08 PM
Tiny
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You take a flat screwdriver and pop out the panel along the outer edges at the locations where there are clips holding it on. Apply enough pressure to pop the panel out of the clips located behind the panel. The attached image shows where the clips are located (items 12, 13, 14). I used a Haynes repair manual to guide me through this. You can buy one for your Odyssey at www. Haynes. Com.
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 AT 8:39 PM
Tiny
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I have same problem but I can't get thaw pandle cover off because it won't open up. Is there anyway to get the cover off with it close
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Monday, September 7th, 2015 AT 1:18 PM
Tiny
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If you mean the rear door won't open then I had the same problem. I just crawled into the back of the car through the front and worked on it from inside the back with the door closed.
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Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 AT 8:43 AM
Tiny
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  • 1999 HONDA ODYSSEY
  • 3.5L
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 324,000 MILES
It unlocks and locks but the rear hatch will not open. I do not know how to get the handle cover off because it does not open. Please help. Thank you
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Sunday, August 26th, 2018 AT 6:24 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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You have to do the best you can with it closed, it won't be easy. But will come off.
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