: Problem: rear hatch won't open

11-18-11, 07:48 AM
07 Escalade ear gate do.es not open. Starts up about 18 inches drops closed. Not sure which part is needed. 3 dealers, 3 different answeres. any one know which part causes problem?

11-18-11, 08:29 AM
Tmax, I'm going to alter your thread title for you so people don't have to guess what your trouble is. Making your username a thread title won't attract much help. I'm just letting you know so you don't wonder what happened. Good luck getting your liftgate fixed.

11-18-11, 11:10 AM
Maybe the gas struts are spent. Does it take a lot of effort to manually open it?

02-03-12, 05:51 PM
I had the same issue. I basically followed these instructions posted by the Tahoeforum folks....I used electrical tape, flexible conduit and tie wraps. WORKS LIKE A CHAMP!!!

Subject: Power Liftgate May Open or Close About a Third of the Way then Reverses, DTC B135E and/or B135F Set (Inspect Liftgate Wiring Harness and Repair as Necessary) #07-08-47-005 - (07/23/2007)

Models: 2007 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV

2007 Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe

2007 GMC Yukon, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL, Yukon Denali XL

with Power Lift Gate (RPO E61)
Some customers may comment that the power liftgate opens about a third of the way and then reverses to the closed position. Other customers may comment that when the power liftgate is open, the liftgate starts to close about a third of the way and then reopens. The technician may find diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) B135E-Liftgate Position Sensor Signal Circuit and/or B135F-Liftgate Object Sensor Signal Circuit set.

The cause may be a sharp sheet metal edge inside the inner roof panel chafing the liftgate wiring harness.

Inspect the liftgate wiring harness and repair as necessary using the steps below.

Verify the condition and check for any DTCs.
Remove the rear door upper garnish molding and retainers. Refer to Rear Door Upper Garnish Molding Replacement in SI.
Remove the headliner push retainers.
Important: Do not fold or crease the headliner panel.

Slightly pull down on the center of the headliner panel.
Locate connector C405, which is a light gray 22-way connector located under the center of the rear headliner panel.
Use a shop towel when disconnecting the rear washer hose to help absorb any washer fluid that may leak.

Disconnect the C405 connector and the rear wiper washer hose.
Remove the wiring harness pass through retainer, wiring harness, C405 connector and the washer hose from the roof panel.

Visually inspect the liftgate wiring harness as shown above and repair any damaged wires. Refer to Wiring Repairs in SI.
Important: After repairing the wires, wrap the wiring harness with electrical tape and install conduit.

Install a piece of Kent-P92565, wire harness wrap 18 mm ( in) inside diameter (I.D.) by 145 mm (5 in) length or equivalent flexible conduit to the liftgate wiring harness.

Install two pieces of Kent-KT13080, Posi-Seal Plus™ or equivalent of electrical moisture sealant pad to the lower inner flange (1) inside the roof panel.
Install the liftgate connector C405, wiring harness and the rear washer wiper hose back through the roof panel.
Connect the C405 connector, the rear wiper washer hose and seat the wiring harness pass through retainer.
Clear any DTCs.
Open and close the power rear liftgate ten complete cycles.
Install the headliner push retainers.
Install the rear door upper garnish molding.
Verify that the condition has been fixed.
Parts Information
Order Kent*-KT13080, Posi-Seal Plus™ and P92565, Wire Harness Wrap from Kent Automotive at 1-888-YES-KENT or online at www.kent-automotive.com.

*We believe this source and their products to be reliable. There may be additional manufacturers of such products/material. General Motors does not endorse, indicate any preference for or assume any responsibility for the products or material from this firm or for any such items that may be available from other sources.

Part Number
Material Allowance

Posi-Seal Plus™-Kent

(2 x 2 Pads)
$2.06 per vehicle

($2.15 in Canada)

Wire Harness Wrap-Kent

( in I.D. x 15 ft roll)
$1.26 per vehicle

($1.32 in Canada)

Warranty Information
For vehicles repaired under warranty, use:

Labor Operation
Labor Time

Wiring And/Or Connector - Entry Control Systems - Repair Or Replace
Use Published Labor Operation Time