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The key switch on my 1990 Suburban tailgate window won't work

The tailgate window on my 1990 Suburban work with the dash switch but not with rear key switch. How do I remove the switch assembly, or how do I repair this problem?

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Remove the back panel on the rear tailgate, should be some screws then pop off. From there you will be able to see the switch and see if you can operate it manually by using a screw driver and hitting the switch if not then replace it. Located next to the key lock

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