HOW TO: Install an additional rear hatch release switch

HOW TO: Install an additional rear hatch release switch

Postby intothewild [OP] » November 7th 2013, 1:40am

For a while now, I have toyed with the idea of installing a rear hatch release switch for my dutch doors in the rear of my Astro. I picked up a rear hatch switch from the JY in order to keep it factory looking. The following is what I did to make this work.

Here is the switch being used:
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Knowing that the wiring that I need is next to the spare tire, I decided to mount it on the trim piece covering the spare tire, I then spliced into the wiring harness that comes off of the mounted control box:

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The wiring is straight forward for the most part. Red goes to Red on the Switch. The green wire goes to the gray wire on the switch. And then black goes to black, however you also have to connect the light blue wire, so in total you are joining three wires, black to black/light blue.

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That's it! Viola! I now have the ability to pop the hatch from the drivers switch on the dash, the key fob and now from the inside rear of the van. :rockon:

Here's a short video of it functioning:

http://s1178.photobucket.com/user/chris ... 1.mp4.html

NOTE: I did this on my lunch break with the available items I keep in my van at all times. Now that I have proved the concept to myself, this weekend, I will pull it apart, rewire/color match the wires, solder, heat shrink etc and make it more permanent. I will also take better pictures and do a better write-up, I didn't have much time to type this up right now.

Overall this is a very simple, cheap and very handy mod to do if you do any camping or spend any considerable amount of time in the rear of your van.
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Re: HOW TO: Install an additional rear hatch release switch

Postby SilverBullet1997 » November 7th 2013, 4:31am

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Re: HOW TO: Install an additional rear hatch release switch

Postby Jasen » November 7th 2013, 10:25pm

Nice write up.

I put one in back of my cargo, I don't have power locks or front release, it comes in handy.
I just used a SPST momentary switch and spliced into the orange and black at the hatch module.
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Re: HOW TO: Install an additional rear hatch release switch

Postby WoodButcher » November 7th 2013, 11:08pm

I put mine on the outside. How many times do you walk up to the van with arm loads of stuff and the key is in your pocket?
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Re: HOW TO: Install an additional rear hatch release switch

Postby intothewild [OP] » November 8th 2013, 12:22am

I've thought about that, but even if it was hidden well I would be too paranoid of it being accessible to thieves.
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Re: HOW TO: Install an additional rear hatch release switch

Postby Herman Wiegman » November 8th 2013, 12:49am

For my camper van, I installed a piece of string which can be pulled on to mechanically release the rear hatch.
Simple.. no power needed.. works every time.

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Re: HOW TO: Install an additional rear hatch release switch

Postby AstroWill » March 28th 2014, 9:37pm

What vehicle did you get that switch from?

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Re: HOW TO: Install an additional rear hatch release switch

Postby souri25 » June 1st 2021, 8:01pm

AstroWill wrote:What vehicle did you get that switch from?


im searching for the same switch!!! :confused:
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