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My tailgate latch won't open on my 1991 jeep wrangler. Help???

I can't get my tailgate latch to open on my 1991 jeep wrangler. How do I fix it?

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    Dylan hammond Feb 06, 2014

    You'll have to take out the torx fasteners and then take the cover off. Look closely on the inside to the right and you'll see a narrow piece of metal about the width of a coat hanger that goes up and make a 90 degree angle. Lift up by hand on the bottom of it and it should pop them open. Then your key should work again.

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Hello. I can assist you. Most likely, your door latch is broken and will need to be replaced. Historically these were metal and rusted due to exposure, soooooo now they are plastic and after a few hundred uses, they break. You can purchase the tailgate handle and replace it yourself but my recommendation is to let the shop do it as it can be a little tricky and often the linkage rods also need to be cleaned and lubricated. The total cost of this repair is generally about $75. Thanks for choosing Fixya!

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