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Open a tailgate lower on 2004 Aztec when it will not open with the handle

Electric and fuses are good and all my manuals give repair instructions once the gate is open but I cannot open the gate

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Can you open it with your remote key FOB? If that does not work you can try this.

Posted on Dec 01, 2014

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SOURCE: Tailgate won't open

I had the same problem - took off the inside panel on the tailgate and the rod from the lift handle to the latch was disconnected at the latch ( on the driver side). Simple to reattach and works fine ever since. Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008

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SOURCE: can't open tailgate and rear window

if you take off interior panel.....push out the dent with a bar....then try button if no work go back inside and you should see bars going down from handle to latch area...pull up on it and should pop the trunk

Posted on Dec 02, 2008

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SOURCE: the tailgate latch on our 2006 Chevy truck is in the open positio

there are little metal rods that connect to the handle of the tailgate, just like the rods that connect your door handles to the door hinges and lock mechanism. just pop off the plastic cover over the tailgate handle and check and see if the rods are still connected to the handle.

Posted on Apr 03, 2009

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SOURCE: 1997 Grand Cherokee. Tail gate wont open. Handle

These rear hatches have a cheesy rod and clip setup. You have to remove the panel from inside, you have to loosen the screws around the hatch and pull it away and reach in down toward the latch and open it that way so you can get the 2 screws out of the bottom easier. There is a peice of plastic in these that's a dust barrier, try not to tear it up too badly, and when you go to put it back, I use a spray adhesive to stick it back on while I put the panel back on. after you get it open you will see a rod with what looks like threads hanging there attached to nothing, and a little thing that has 2 notched areas and a clip to hold that rod into those 2 notches. bend the clip down to make it tighter and then force the rod back into place that should fix your problems. If that's all in place then it's the latch mechanism, usually they can't be fixed because parts aren't available, just have to buy a new one and put it in.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009

Testimonial: "Thanks very much, I'll give it a try. It's a bugger getting the inside panel off, I tried a few times unsucessfully."

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SOURCE: my 2004 touareg tailgate does not open.

The inside cover must be removed to lubricate the tailgate mechanism.

Posted on Oct 01, 2009

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