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My tailgate lock is broke and I can't open how do I open to replace

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You'll have to remove the interior panel to access the linkage rods (disconnect and pull), which is a pain but the only way. I couldn't avoid breaking the panel but couldn't tell using super glue and baking soda...

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You can pull the panle off with your hand from the inside of your van but becareful because those clip that holds the panel are very easy to break, once off you ll see where the latch located there is an opening for you to open. Hope this help and good luck.

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use two pair of pliers and pull each rod towards the other

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SOURCE: tailgate open/ lock latch in closed position so

Annoying, but easy to fix: Actuate the opening handle and manually rotate the latch to the open position.

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If you can get the hatch unlocked and opened, you can remove the interior panel and unplug the factory powered door lock. This will not do anything to your security systems. The only down fall is it will only open with the key. If the hatch doesn't work with the key either, I would say you need a new lock assembly. I have shaved my door handles and have removed the power door lock, so I know it will work just fine ( I depend solely on my shave door handle system and my security system (Viper) to access my truck) - from Dakota-Durango.com Lots of info there..I agree with losing the power opening option if you have it...I am renewing a 98 Durango and its keys all the way...needed new lift struts for the rear hatch tho..(that thing is very heavy...I HAD to have help installing the new struts, I had held it up with my skull to remove the worn ones....definitely use E-Bay for parts search and full synth oil w/Lucas synth additive will make the motor happy.Hope things work out....

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SOURCE: tailgate door won't open

Possible that the lock or the lever is jammed which might require you to rest the lock.

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