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Broken tailgate latch

1996 S-10 blazer.Tailgate latch is broken.can't get tailgate open from inside or outside.Still has power from remote & dash switch.

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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.

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