Honda Fit Tailgate hatch fix
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Rear Tailgate Hatch Stuck On Your Honda Fit? Start Here Before You Take It To A Mechanic

If the rear hatch on your Honda Fit won't open, try this simple fix.

Is the tailgate or hatch on your Honda Fit stuck? When you grab the handle with the Fit unlocked, does the hatch handle feel "dead" and unresponsive? Don't panic. You may be able to get back on the road very quickly.

Fix Your Honda Fit Hatch Latch
The first thing to do is to drop the second row Magic seats and climb in back headed toward the hatch door. Use your cell phone flashlight and look to see if there is a little hole near the bottom middle of the inside of the hatch. If there is, put your finger inside the hole and about an inch or two inside you may find there is a small lever you can rotate from left to right. Do that.

Now crawl back out of the Fit and go around to the back. Make sure the car is unlocked completely (not just driver's door) and try the handle again. It may well open the hatch for you. If so, you have just saved a trip to the mechanic, or possibly prevented a trip in the near term.

We have to credit Michael Watson's Youtube video with this fix. It worked for us - and not just temporarily. Our Fit's hatch handle quit, and we applied the simple fix. Two weeks later, and multiple lock and unlock cycles and the Fit is operating normally. We plan to have our mechanic clean and lubricate the hatch handle during its next oil change service.

The Success of the Reliable Honda Fit
The Honda Fit has been a fantastically successful vehicle for Honda. 77% of Fit owners report that they would buy another Fit. Intended to fill the gap left when the Civic morphed into a midsized car, the subcompact Fit became a popular choice for many in cities, many on a budget, and many who just wanted a great entry-level car. In our area, it is known as the "Offical Vehicle of Providence Rhode Island." The Fit has also proven to be very reliable. We hope this fix helped you. If it did, please leave us a note in the comments section below or feel free to request other topics.

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This worked perfectly, though there was no hole in my 2013 Fit but there was a compartment with a plastic closure that I forced open. Inside the compartment I found something I could move to the left, and voilà, no more stuck door. Thank you!!!!!
Thanks to John Goreham and Michael Watson for saving the day. My 2008 Fit has a latch porthole inside the back hatch door. Your advice worked perfectly and saved me time and money. Thank you very much.
My latch won't even unlock, I can't even flip that little lever it seems stuck to the left, like my lock cylinder is stuck
I will try this, thank you! I bought my first Honda, a Fit new 9/2014 It now has 338k miles regular oil changes, tires and very minimal repairs, love it!!
my latch won't unlock, the handle is stuck and won't move. the thing you move to the left won't move ether. any suggestions
Sounds like you may need the help of a mechanic. On our Fit, it always easy to move when it stopped working correctly. One last thing that may seem obvious., Be sure the vehicle doors are all unlocked. Use the fob to hit unlock twice.
I have a 2011 Honda Jazz and used this fix. My boot lid has a plastic cover over the access hole, which could be removed. The mechanism looks different but the principle still works. Once opened the hatch can be locked and reopened with the key so long as you do not try the hatch handle once you have locked the car. If I check the hatch handle after locking the car the lock becomes stuck again and the reset procedure has to be repeated. However, if you check any other door handle to make sure the car is locked the hatch will lock and unlock using the key with no problem
Thank you for adding this comment, Duncan! I love to hear that these types of stories are helpful. They are so narrow in focus that they don't generate a lot of views, but if they do actually help, it is well worth our efforts.