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1987 Jeep Cherokee -Rear lift gate will not open when key is turned and button is pressed in. The rear latch will not release. Has anyone seen a problem like this and if so, what is the solution? I have squirted WD-40 in and around lock and button. I have tapped the inserted button with a wooden dowel and hammer hoping to cause a release of the latch. I have tried to use a heavy screwdriver to put outward pressure on the lift gate without any luck. If the top bolts holding the lift gate to the body are removed and the top is no longer attached, will the liftgate come loose at the bottom latch?

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Remove the trim from inside the vehicle and release the latch rod manually. Once it is open you can further diagnose the problem. It may just need to be lubed from the inside.

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