Re: 2002 Escape Rear Hatch/Tailgate
Did you try the key? If the key won't unlock the hatch then the motor and/or mechanism is rusted. My Durango has a similar problem as I douse it with synthetic oil spray every four months so it doesn't seize up. Worst case would be crawling back there, taking off the interior panel to the hatch and open the lock up manually.
'00 Durango R/T 360ci 290hp (modded); 138,500m
'06 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L 220hp; 44,000m
'12 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L 283hp; 13,000m
'99 Taurus 3.0L 2V Vulcan 145hp; 154,300m - Traded
Amsoil in all vehicles!