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SOURCE: Tailgate Lock/Latch Problem

Within the little round punchout, I stuck a screwdriver in and moved around any parts I could until I lit the latch mechanism. I hear a pop and gave a push. Lucky I guess.

Posted on Jul 29, 2008

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SOURCE: broken tailgate latch

Remove the paneling from inside. Than you can use a flathead screwdriver to pry the latch rod and latch enough to pop open the door.

Posted on May 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Drivers side tailgate latch corroded/rusted

Try the Indian way. From outside and also from inside, pump some oil drops from the oil gun into the area of the latch. As it is rusted, the oil will have the desired effect. And while you are doing it keep trying to unlatch the door. With this effort the oil will also go to places where it would not otherwise go.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010

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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.

Posted on Feb 27, 2011

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