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Does your Escape have remote keyless entry?Do the rear license plate lights work?
Ok. Check and make sure the power door locks work and while testing. stand at the back of the vehicle and listen for the rear lift gate power door lock actuator clicking when locking and unlocking the door locks with the remote. If no clicking is heard, then the rear hatch trim panel will have to be removed from inside the vehicle and the rear hatch will have to be popped open by moving the rods in the rear hatch. The bad part is that the rear hatch glass latches through the trim panel. So make sure the window or lift gate are both inop.
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Ok, That is better than both not opening. Since the glass opens, you will have to take the top of the lift gate panel loose and then work your way down to the latch opening for the glass. Carefully lift the cover over the glass latch and pull it away from the lift gate. Then remove the plastic water barrier to access the lift gate latch. Look for the power door lock actuator on the latch and push down and pull up on the lever the actuator is on to open the hatch.