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Tailgate latch will not release

The tailgate on my 2005 GMC Sierra will not unlatch. The handle works and pulls the control bar, but the latch will not release.

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Sounds like you have a bar disconnected inside the hatch. You may also need a latch itself. Does it lock and unlock? If it does, most likely a bar off issue. Will be a pain to get the cover off with the door closed, but you will need to remove it to inspect.

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