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1995 Jimmy 4d 4wd rear lift gate will not open -

....the upper (glass) part of the liftgate will not open. I can hear the actuator activate and cycle through the opening cycle but the latch for the upper glass liftgate does not open. I'm sure it's a mechanical connection and can be fixed but I cannot get the latch to spring. I puulled the inside plastic trim back and I can see the latch - tried to spring it with a small screwdriver - no joy. .... been looking at the sawzall but I thought I try here first

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  • ddominik Nov 17, 2008

    ...the latch can be sprung .... the upper latch mechanism can be sprung by depressing the lever just inside the bracket cowling behind the inside the plastic tailgate cover. The lever is well hidden so just tuck an allen key wrench behind the metal cowling on the left side (from inside the Jimmy) and push down.



    .... then again there is always the sawzall !!!!!



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I was able to get two wedges between the glass and the plastic trim. From that I used a scope to see inside and find the mechanism to release the window. Look for the one piece of plastic in the mechanism. The level has to be pushed toward the driver side of the car. Once I got the glass open, I removed the handle, and two screws from each side of the trim and removed the trim.

Once the trim was removed I had a small opening and could see the problem. The end of the latch has a small blue plastic (why plastic??) catch that broke.

Rather than taking the door apart and finding a replacement, I heated a screw driver and made a slot in the plastic. Next I used a heavy duty zip tie and connected the two pieces (plastic catch and metal part that opens the latch). I left some slack in the connection and all works great.

Not sure how long this will last, but for now I have the back opening. I will look at replacing the plastic piece, but not sure if a total new mechanism is needed.

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Stan, I had the same problem with a 97 Jimmy. This fix worked well. The only change I made was to drill the plastic tongue with a 3/32" bit instead of subjecting the clip to heat that might heat stress the plastic. The clip is accessible through a cut out in the tailgate inner shell. I fastened the clip to the latch with light gauge machine wire.

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Sawzall bad idea you could have someone push the button to open it while you watch the actuator and see how it opens the latch and that should tell you how to do it unless the latch failed inside it then the sawzall might be a good idea

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