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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. I have a 2006 jeep liberty and the other day I went to open the tailgate like normal, but not using the key fab just using the handle. It open correctly, no noices and nothing broke off. But when I went to close the swinging door then the window(hatch). The hatch would not close. My husband and I can not figure out how to fix it. My liberty is out of warranty too. It will not close, we have to tie a bungie cord around it. help please. Its snowing and cold outside, I need to get it fixed.

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  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    I have the same problem. Any other solution or pictures available?

  • Sabirkako May 10, 2009

    I have Jeep liberty 2007. When I close the doore through the key trsnsponder, the rear door is not locked. I don't know what is the reason? In anoher words when I lock the doors of the car via the key transponder, the rear door can still can be opened from outside

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I had the same problem with a 2005 jeep liberty. Mine was a 1 second fix. All i needed to do was go rotate the lock mechanism with my hands. This would be the latch that moves with the door handle. Once I moved that it allowed the latch for the window to unlock. Now I'm going to just go buy some wd40 and lube it up.

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I had this same exact issue a few weeks ago on my jeep liberty 2002 limited v6 engine I personally took the jeep to my mechanic and sit and watched him check my car a million different ways. He then advised me that i needed a new latch since it would work well when he hit the manual release he felt the pieces was defaulted....However the day i got the part back and he replaced it the issue did not go away....After about and hour working and moving around stuff on my back gate and door he discovered the answer. Which is the wires in the door where extremely long and the one to the to the latch was being cut off all he had to do was replace the wires. Oh it only cost me 65 to get that fixed.

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I had the same problem and the dealer replaced the entire release system.

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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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