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2002 rendezvous: the rear tailgate

Customer Question

the rear tailgate on my 2002 rendezvous wiil not open from the outside what is my problem and how do i fix it ?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Buick
Expert:  gentry314 replied 7 years ago.
YOur latch is failed you will have to remove the panel with the doorclosed and manually open it and relplace the latch assembly
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
the answer i got the guy didnot know any thing about the problem number 1 it only open manualy and you can get it open the outside handle doesnot move i need a buick answer not a toyota answer
Expert:  gentry314 replied 7 years ago.

Well I did not know it opened at all the outside handle is failed

Service and Repair

Door Handle Replacement - Rear Outside

Removal Procedure

Notice: Refer to Tape Corners of Panel Notice in Cautions and Notices.

  1. Place tape around the handle to protect the paint. Important: The outside door handles have adjustable handle-to-lock rods. This allows for adjustment of the amount of travel needed to operate the outside door handle. It is important to remove all free play between the outside handle and the lock. Do NOT operate the outside handle before you have made these adjustments.
  2. Remove the trim panel. Refer to Trim Panel Replacement - Side Rear Door (Aztek) (See: Rear Door Panel\Service and Repair\Rear Door Panel Replacement\Trim Panel Replacement - Side Rear Door (Aztek))Trim Panel Replacement - Side Rear Door (Rendezvous) (See: Rear Door Panel\Service and Repair\Rear Door Panel Replacement\Trim Panel Replacement - Side Rear Door (Rendezvous)) .
  3. Remove the water deflector. Refer to Water Deflector Replacement - Rear Door (See: Rear Door Panel\Service and Repair\Rear Door Panel Components) .

  1. Disconnect the outside door handle rod-to-lock.

  1. Remove the center of the rivets using a center punch.

  1. Drill out the rivet from the outside door handle using a 6.35-mm (1/4-in) drill bit.

  1. Remove the outside door handle from the rear door.
  2. Remove the outside door handle from the door handle rod.

Installation Procedure

  1. Install the outside door handle to the door handle rod.
  2. Position the door handle to the rear door.

  1. Install the new rivets to the outside door handle.

  1. Connect the outside door handle rod-to-lock.
  2. Install the water deflector. Refer to Water Deflector Replacement - Rear Door (See: Rear Door Panel\Service and Repair\Rear Door Panel Components) .
  3. Install the trim panel. Refer to Trim Panel Replacement - Side Rear Door (Aztek) (See: Rear Door Panel\Service and Repair\Rear Door Panel Replacement\Trim Panel Replacement - Side Rear Door (Aztek))Trim Panel Replacement - Side Rear Door (Rendezvous) (See: Rear Door Panel\Service and Repair\Rear Door Panel Replacement\Trim Panel Replacement - Side Rear Door (Rendezvous)) .
  4. Remove the tape from around the handle.