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2006 tailgate latch mechanism won't release. The release lever on the drivers side mechanism moves freely but the latch won't let go. How do I trigger the latch to let go so I can replace it?

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Try sliding a thin prybar or screwdriver into latch area just to put a slight amount of pressure on the latch then try working the handle.

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