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Back hatch wont open on 96 Jeep GC

Have a 96 Jeep GC My grandpa's jeep he backed into a traler hitch and hit above the door handle not hard enough to even knock paint off or dent it but now the hatch wont open and cant get the inner panel off without opening hatch but we cant do that any suggestions.

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  • krasykid21 Jan 09, 2009

    thanks for the input i got the rear panel without breaking it and with the hatch still shut and after i got it off i got the hatch open and put the rod bck on the clip and now its just fine thanks.

  • krasykid21 Jan 09, 2009

    not to bad here it was bout 43 here but now saturday might be different 23 so yea.

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If it's still stuck as of today look under the rear bumper in the center,WEAR PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR and with a flashlite high up in there you will see a couple of studs with nuts. using a extension and i believe a 13mm socket loosen but do not remove both nuts. pull on the door a couple of times to free it up and then retighten both nuts. now try the door slowly and it worked for me.you will most likely have too repeat this until it operates freely and closes tightly [to keep the elements out].it is not labor intensive and it's worked on my 96 gc twice. best and luck and let the rest of us know how you came out. jeepinjiminy

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Unfortunately, the only way I know of would be to destroy the inner panel (cheaper than a back door) and get to the lock mechanism from there. I assume you have tried just about everything else at this point.
You can easily locate a used panel in a scrap yard.
Good luck!!

Posted on Jan 08, 2009

  • Richard Scordino Jan 09, 2009

    Great!! Sometimes you have to be brave and just go for it!!!
    It's so cold where I am that it would break in half even if you removed it the right way!!!


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