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Can't open hatchback door especially when the weather is warm. the heat has to do with the hatchback not opening.

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What actuator was that? The vacuum controlled doors are probably the problem. If both heater hoses are hot, coolant is circulating, and it must be a door in the heater case assembly not opening.
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  1. Disconnect or remove the following:
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To Install:
  1. Install or connect the following:
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    • Electrical connector to the CHMSL
    • Panel assembly to the vehicle. Tighten to 62 in lbs (7 Nm)
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