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89'S10 Blazer tailgate won't open. How to release/open? Glass will release and open but tailgate will not drop. Knob will only turn as far as when the glass is down. A schematic with parts showing how the tailgate functions might would help. I feel as if the release is not getting the message that the glass is open? I've pulled both tailgate pins and could get nowhere. I would hate to tear out the plastic tailgate cover but that's where I drew the line and asked for help.

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  • japbonese Nov 17, 2009

    Tried the pressure in and out. Tried pulling up and down...Hell.. I even put on my tin foil hat and talked it over with my screw driver. I fiqured out how to bend back the plastic panel but on each end is a screw that is trapped between the tailgate and side panel and cannot be reached without the tailgate down.
    Maybe trough the drain holes in the bottom of the tailgate I can see what's going on?
    Thanks.

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Thats what you will need to do is to remove the interior gate panel so you can release the latch. It will come off although a bit difficult with the gate closed, with a little care you can do it without breaking anything. It sounds like possibly a linkage retainer clip broke.
Try pushing in on the gate while turning the release handle in case the latch is in a bind if that dont work remove the panel

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I experienced the same problem. I was able to get the panel off, not an easy task, by prying it over the top. There are two screws holding it at the top and essentially you are pulling the cover off of these screws. Once the cover is off, you have access to the actuator arms .I was able to open the tailgate, change the lock, lube everything up and put it back together with no damage to the panel at all.

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