How do you open the back hatch of a 1998 Oldsmobile silhouette when the back is stuck shut and the latch won't release?
OK I did it today. The lock actuator was not unlocking the rear door hatch. I went into the back of the van after removing the left middle seat. I dropped down the rear bench. Pull the top of the cover panel on the hatch down starting at the top. Be careful not to break anything. Most of the time you will be able to reuse the attachment clips. Pull the center of the panel away from the door at the bottom of the window. Now using a flashlight look down between the panel and the door. Pull away the plastic cover. Look right down into the bottom and see the lock/actuator assembly. Using a flat bladed screw driver you can flip the lock clip manually until the door opens. It is small and located on the right side closest to you. Good luck.
means it's time for a new hatch release or the cable is snapped and isn't pulling the latch open to release the hatch if you remove the panel in the hatchback where the retractor is you will probably find that its broken off of its bracket. there is a piece of plastic that holds that motor in place, and when it snaps, the hatch either wont shut or wont retract all the way
Climb into the rear storage area from the back seat and using a screw driver remove the door skin from the hatch. This will give you access to the linkages and latch mechanisms from the inside. You can then put your hand down to the latch inside the door and by pulling on the metal bar linking the latch to the handle you can open the door.