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Rear window wont open

I have a 2003 chevy blazer and the rear split tailgate window will not open. how do i get it open without having to bring it to the dealer?

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IF YOU get in the back the panel will have a slot behind the carpet this will be in center right at top of carpet area on plastic panel pull carpet back and you can slide a screwdriver in there and move actuator to open

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