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My tailgate sensor, on my Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 1996,keeps saying that it is open when it is not, I have tried to shut it repeatedly but it will not work. how can I fix it? The display says the tailgate is open, but it is not. Interior lights come on and off. It happens most often when I make a right turn. I have a 1998 Grand Cherokee Limited.

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  • dawnie39 Oct 16, 2008

    I have the same problem and it constantly bling bling blinging at me!@ Its driving (pun) me NUTS!

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    Ihave the same problem. but with mine the alarm goes crazy, the windows sometimes won't go up or down and the battery drains quickly. I figured it was a computer problem



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Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately,I could not see a way to adjust the striker.
FYI - I did eventually find the solution to my problem. It turns out there are two "liftgate ajar" switches. One is built into the tailgate latch assembly. I cut the two wires leading to this switch, but kept having the problem. Eventually, i traced the wires and found the second switch, which is for the rear glass. It is near the latch for the glass. I unplugged it and my problem went away.
I took out one screw and was able to remove the switch. The metal casing was bent allowing the black plastic body to shift partially out of the case. I snapped it back into place and bent the metal to hold it there. After reinstalling it, everything works fine. (I also reconnected the wires I had cut to the door latch assembly).

Posted on Oct 31, 2008

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As you are turning the tailgate is flexing.
If you adjust the striker to get the tailgate to close tighter, it should fix your problem.

Posted on Oct 03, 2008


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that sensor is part of the lift gate latch ...the whole assembly will need to be replaced

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

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