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Tail gate will not open

Tailgate will not open , window operating normaly, relay clicking at front but no noise from tailgate lock

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  • David Burbee
    David Burbee Feb 19, 2012

    Hello! I'll need the Year, Make, Model and Engine to answer your question...Guru...saailer

  • keith turner Feb 20, 2012

    Landrover freelander 2003 td 4

  • David Burbee
    David Burbee Feb 20, 2012

    Hello! Lets make sure these two fuses are OK...# 15 (20 A) and #8 (15 A) both located inside the passenger compartment fuse box...Once We know they are OK...If you have a voltmeter, Set it to read 12 volts...Pull the connector that plugs into the trunk lid latch motor (the wire colors are...Purple/Blue (+) and Black (-)...As someone presses the trunk release you must read 12 volts across those two wires...Send a comment with results and I'll take it from there...Guru..saailer

  • keith turner Feb 20, 2012

    Hi david checked fuses both ok, will check wiring tomorrow night and let you know. thanks for the help keith

  • keith turner Feb 21, 2012

    Hello checked wiring all ok, got tailgate open by pulling down solenoid, worked solenoid a few times now lock works.going to buy new solenoid.Thanks for you help.

  • keith turner Feb 25, 2012

    fitted new solenoid car now working fine

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Not knowing the year,make or model this sounds like a bad actuator release motor, you will need to use the key to open the tailgate and then remove the panel to inside the gate, once inside you will need someone to hit gate button while you test for power and a good ground at the actuator , if there power and a good ground then replace the actuator, also makr sure the lingake is connected,

Posted on Feb 19, 2012

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SOURCE: Rear doors and tailgate not unlocking

You have faulty/burned out lock motivator (or the little motor that kicks the mechanism to unlock the door)
Goto your dealer to get the part, shouldn't be expensive.
May want to make sure you don't have any bad relays, but I doubt that is the issue.

It should be a fairly easy fix and something that you could do with a 6 pack of bud light and a buddy. Just take the door panel off and look for the motor that is attached to a rod that goes back and forth that unlocks and locks the door.

Good luck, it should be an easy fix.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008

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SOURCE: 1996 Isuzu Rodeo stuck tail gate

Remove the interior trim panel which will not be easy since the gate is up ---- you can then access the lock mechanism and will probably find a bent linkage rod or a broken plastic retainer clip.

Posted on Apr 26, 2009

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SOURCE: can not oprn tail gate

Hello jhall 538...this is a common problem on the blazer. If you can hear the rod actuator working, then the actuator rod to latch rod connector has broken. It's plastic, and a poor GM design.
To get the rear hatch open you will need to manualy release it. It can be done by working as much of the plastic tailgate trim you can get loose, from around the top center of the gate, where the latch is. remove the 2 screws that hold the handle on and remove handle. Then pry as much as you need to access the c type latch, and release it by moving it... it's spring loaded and will only move one way. Haveing someone help you lift the hatch while you unlatch it from inside the vehicle helps. After you get the hatch up and the tailgate folded down, make sure the latch is locked in the open position.
The actuator can be repaired, i've done it several times. GM will try and sell you a complete new acutator, which is rather costly compared to the $8.00 piece of plastic you need. This is what it looks like...The little blue plastic piece on the end of the actuator is what you need.
Good luck and i hope this helps.


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SOURCE: Toyota 4runner gate window, wiper, and keyless entry not working

make sure the back window is all the way up then try the wiper, if it still does not work then it is a sensor for the rear window (about $30.00) if you installed it yourself

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Tailgate will not close and stay shut

Take it apart and lube everthing, then put back together. This has been working for 1 1/2 years with out a problem for now.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009

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all buttons tried? in car and the fob button?
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