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95 Jeep Grand Cherokee Tailgate Latch

The lock is busted and I need to get the tailgate open to change the bulbs on my brake lamps. How do I get the lock opened? Can't get at it from the outside or the inside panel, the inside panel has screws that you need the tailgate open to remove. Who designed this POS? ANy help appreciated.

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  • carolyn668 Feb 25, 2009

    My tailgait latch is broken and I can't get the door open to fix it. How do I do this.



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Many thanks, nascar2fever!

I had the same problem and of course started by trying to pry open the tailgate (gently). The problem was solved by undoing the top of the plastic panel on the inside of the tailgate until I could do a visual and slide my hand to lift the latch. The fix was to re-adjust the pull-rod to remove the excess slack in the latch.

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Remove all the screws you can and gently pull the panel back. you should be able to see down to the latch assembly and reach the release for the latch

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