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Rear hatch wont open on 96 Grand Cherokee - 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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  • taidecker May 11, 2010

    Not enough into to pinpoint, but your latch is most likely jammed. Sometimes it's as easy as removing a sock or other foreign item that was there when the door was previously closed. The mechanism can become bent if you closed the door hard and had something there to block it from closing or you were rear-ended or backed into a pole.

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A common problem with this age of cherokees. The latch mechanism has a couple plastic peices in it that can break easily. Did it perhaps freeze and someone pulled on the handle, or pull the handle when it was locked. It doesn't really take too much pressure to break these after they get 8-10 years old, they get brittle. If you can get it open, get the inside panel off and look at the mechanism, you will see one of two part very visibly broken.

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