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Tailgate won't open

We have a '99 Jeep Cherokee Classic, the back tailgate won't open and it doesn't have an access panel.

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  • jg-demedina May 16, 2009

    i have the same issue. i was told by a mechanic that i should just cut out the pannel around the latch inside?! ther has got to be a better way. if anyone knows i would sure appreciate the resolution.

  • jeryrigger May 20, 2009

    I had the same problem, had to bang on the tailgate around the lisence plate while working the latch in and out, finally opened! Then took back cover off and did some lubricating.

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I've got the same problem, short term fix is push down on top of license plate light while pulling up on handle. Taking inside panel off and lubricating latch is final fix.

Posted on Jun 05, 2009

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Jg-demedina- 2 solutions 1. remove all screws including 2 screws mounting interior pull handle, then remove the interior panel by steadily pulling away the panel. You will hear the panel clips popping as you pull away the panel. Some of the clips will break...but not to worry...50 cents a clip at the Chrysler dealer. This panel comes away from the interior of the door just like every other panel does on every other car! 2. Do not take the advice of this person you are calling a mechanic.

Posted on Jun 04, 2009

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