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#31 Old 10-31-2011, 04:49 PM
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This post helped a ton diagnosing and replacing my hatch handle on the MO I just bought. My handle looked similar to yours but more rust/junk on metal. Thank you for your awesome post!

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No problem! I'm glad it helped!

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The part number is on my first post. I think I bought it at Courtesy Parts, I'm in Canada and didn't get hit at the border for it. Make sure it gets sent USPS. UPS has the huge fees at the border.
I can't find that part number, can you give it again please. Also, any advice on where to buy it at good price in Canada ?

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Nice writeup! I bought an '04 SL a few weeks ago and had the sticky rear latch issue too. I pulled the handle out and tried everything to get the gunk and rust off... wire brush, frame wire, PB Blaster, Liquid Wrench, Evapo-Rust, Dremel... nothing worked (though it did look cleaner). I was about to give up and order the part.

As a last resort I stood the handle assembly on it's side with one end of the hinge pin on the garage floor and tapped the other end of the pin with a hammer. Voila! Instant fix! Sprayed some silicone lubricant and it was good to go. Give this a try before ordering a new part!

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Thanks to the OP for the instructions. I replaced mine yesterday and all is good. It was rusted pretty bad.

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Rebuilding rear hatch handle

We also encountered a failed rear hatch handle today. The spring was badly rusted and therefore lost most of its tension to spring back. The rest of the handle look fine. I repaired it by replacing the spring.

Here is what I did and some pictures:

1. Follow the instructions described above to remove the handle.
2. Remove the long pin, you can do this by undoing one of the pinched end so it can slide out, I used a table vise to do this.
3. I used a spring from a mouse trap. found to be a perfect fit and the correct tension.
4. Install the spring, the ends of the spring will hang out a bit, you will need to trim them off.
5. Re-pinch the pin's end with a table vise.
6. Apply some synthetic lubricant on the spring to prevent rust.
7. Reinstall, works like new again!

The took me about 30 minutes.

Hope this helps,
Holden
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We also encountered a failed rear hatch handle today. The spring was badly rusted and therefore lost most of its tension to spring back. The rest of the handle look fine. I repaired it by replacing the spring.
Nice job!
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Wow! Just curious, would it be possible to replace the older model handles with the 2005 or newer which now have rubber electrical puh switch = no rust?
I have 2006 Murano with same rubber electrical push handle. Have you fixed your problem? Would it be same procedure to replace this as older version?
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I have 2006 Murano with same rubber electrical push handle. Have you fixed your problem? Would it be same procedure to replace this as older version?
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Problem has been fixed. Part was $70 and $60 for labour.
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We've got this problem too - enough so that it was causing condensation inside the car this winter. Does anyone know how the water gets inside the latch in the first place - as in, is there something else that needs to be fixed, or is this just something that happens after a while.

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We also encountered a failed rear hatch handle today. The spring was badly rusted and therefore lost most of its tension to spring back. The rest of the handle look fine. I repaired it by replacing the spring.

Here is what I did and some pictures:

1. Follow the instructions described above to remove the handle.
2. Remove the long pin, you can do this by undoing one of the pinched end so it can slide out, I used a table vise to do this.
3. I used a spring from a mouse trap. found to be a perfect fit and the correct tension.
4. Install the spring, the ends of the spring will hang out a bit, you will need to trim them off.
5. Re-pinch the pin's end with a table vise.
6. Apply some synthetic lubricant on the spring to prevent rust.
7. Reinstall, works like new again!

The took me about 30 minutes.

Hope this helps,
Holden
How do you remove the pin? I don't understand step 2 about undoing one of the pinched ends. I know this is an old post but if anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate it. I have the same problem. Brilliant solution using a mouse trap.

ETA - Job completed! I don't have a table vice so I used a hammer to 'unpinch' the end and pinched it back the same way when I was done. The only snag I ran into was you have to have careful getting the new spring on. I had to sand down the pin then lube it up then work the spring back and forth to twist it on. I also had to unwind one of the ends a little so it was seated properly. Probably took me an hour or so from start to finish. Way better than $30+ on a new handle.
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