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Tailgate will not open

The tailgate on my 2003 jeep liberty will not open, it makes a sound when I pull the handle but does not engage to open

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  • G Robert Feb 16, 2009

    Happen to me this weekend on my 2002 Liberty. I pull the back handle and all I get is a clicking noise of the door locking and unlocking. However, the door will not budge.

  • melissam617 Mar 28, 2009

    I have the same issue - mine won't even make the noise anymore. it makes a noise when i turn the key to the lock position.

  • rgarc16 May 07, 2009

    The tailgate latch makes a noise when you pull the handle. The window opens but the tailgate will not open. There is a cutout in the inner tailgate cover that pops off with a screwdriver. You can move a little lever mounted on the latch toward the driver side and that is suppose to open the tailgate. It works on my 03 Liberty but not on my 05 Liberty.

    Does anyone know where to get that latch assembly other than the dealer? Jeep wants $235.00 for the latch. Way too much.

  • thrownhand Dec 17, 2011

    Have come across same issue,after putting 2 and 2 together,Still making noise and still trying to engage when i hit the lock and unlock.I examine the rod running up and down coming from the door handle.At the bottom there was 2 holes i slipped a nut and bolt through the 2 and bingo problem solved.Hope this helps.

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There is a cutout on the inner tailgate cover that can be removed with a screwdriver. This will give you access to the latch assembly. There is a small lever mounted on the latch assembly. When you move it toward the driver side it will release the tailgate.

This works on my 03 Liberty but not on my 05 Liberty. They both use the same type of latch. Does anyone know where to get a latch other than a Jeep dealer? Jeep wants $235.00 for the latch.

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Got the door open per instructions above. There is a plastic yellow traveler that rides in an indent of a stamped metal piece. As the lock wears, the traveler can jump out of the indent in the metal piece and get stuck. Put it back in and it works. I bent the metal piece toward the rear of the car slightly to help contain the plastic piece.
Thanks all.

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