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Jeep Liberty 2005 Cannot shut tailgate window......

When I pull the latch out to open the tailgate, the window and the door will open, but the window will not close. This is because the metal clamp that holds the window shut does not rotate down in position to catch the window when it closes. I have to press the transponder on my key for it to pop down so I can close it. Normaally, when the tailgate is opened, the release of the window repositions the clamp accordingly. It doesn't do that anymore. Also, when you pull the latch to the first "stop", it does not release the window like it's supposed to. The latch is not engaging that clamp. I've tried WD40 which actually worked at first, but the problem has returned.

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  • djferu Dec 26, 2008

    In the middle of the tailgate door is where the tailgate window clips in to hold shut.

    The Jeep Liberty tailgate has a handle to pull it open. Under normal circumstances, when you pull the handle halfway, it opens only the window. When you pull it out fully, it opens the door and the window.

    When I pull the latch halfway, the window will not open. When I pull it out fully, the door opens and the window does too, even though the window hesitates to open.

    The problem is where the window connects to the door. When you pull the latch halfway to open the window, a little clamp should rotates down to a) release the window b) be in position to catch it when it closes. My clamp does not rotate down when I pull the latch. It WILL rotate down however, when I use the tailgate window button on my key, so I know the problem is specific to the door handle.


  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2009

    Have same exact problem

  • hweamel May 11, 2010

    WHAT.....

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Hi all,

I had the same problem onmy dad's Jeep KJ (Cherokee/Liberty) so i went ahead and unbolted the tailgate handle;

First you need to take off the plastic inner tailgate cover (doh), then carefully pry away the the black liner and you'll see 2x 10mm hex nuts, unscrew both. Then on the latch outer side of the tailgate remove the upper 2 torx screws, then loosen one of the clamps of the connecting rod between latch and handle.
While pulling out on the handle (needed to clear the mechanism from the sheetmetal) you'll be able to carefully remove the complete doorhandle assembly.
There's still one wireloom attached to the handle, this is the culprit, It's the little actuator switch that's need liberal amounts of lubricant such as WD40 or similar.
I actually removed the switch and pushed it several times to full stroke after i lubricated it, then reconnected it and presto! The rear window unlocked every single time by means of the doorhandle instead of using the wireless remote...

Easy fix, done in half an hour. Saved you $ 300 on parts and labour

Good luck!

Nathan ter Stege (the Netherlands)

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

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Got it...thanks go ahead and apply lithium grease. that should help greatly...

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