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2003 Ford Windstar rear liftgate will not open. The latch will not move at all.

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Spray some wd40 in and around the lock, let it sit for a while then try opening same.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

  • damian clarke
    damian clarke Jul 30, 2009

    spray some wd40 in and around the lock, let it sit for a while then try opening same.

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