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The hatch release is a very convenient little item. Sitting next to the gas tank release, it provides internal access to the hatch latch. Fortunately, if your RX-7 does not have such a feature it is easy to add. All you need is access to a parts car with a trunk release.
Trunk/gas door release lever: The lever is located underneath the drivers seat on the door side. The cover comes off with a screw on the top, and the lever comes out with one bolt. It may be easier to remove the seat to access these things. Now simply disconnect both cables and remove the lever.
Trunk release cable: The cable runs along the drivers side of the car. To remove it, most of the trim along that side will need to be loosened or removed. Remove the door sill trim by removing the screws. It can then be pried up with a screwdriver. After removing that, unclip the carpet clips. Pull back the side trim by first removing the fur trees holding it on and then pulling it away from the body of the car. Remove the speaker cover by taking the screws out of the sides and off the top then lifting up the cover. Remove the screws from the plastic trim and slide off the trim. Also open the spare tire cover. At this point, you can unclip the release cable from the latch and remove it from the surrounding clips. Follow the cable back to the front of the car, removing it from the clips on the way. Once you get to the drivers seat, unclip the cable on both sides and pull it out through the whole in the inner frame.
1. Nothing too complicated here. Just remember that you should be careful when removing parts from a parts car. Someone may want that piece of trim that you just broke.
2. In very cold weather, water that has collected near the release lever may freeze, thus preventing use. There is nothing you can really do about this except filling that area with oil. This will probably stain the carpet pretty badly though.
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