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My 1998 ford expedition tailgate will not open.I can hear the latch in the tailgate function as normal and when I use the remote however neither the rear window lifts up or the tailgate works.I twist the rear handle as normal to open and is stuck - will not open.Short of cutting through the interior panels to access the guts of the tailgate from the inside - is there a way to open it?

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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: tailgate will not latch

you need to replace handle, or either look to make sure linkages are still hooked up. if they are hooked 2 of them and it doesnt work definately handle.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

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SOURCE: Can't get the tailgate open on my 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee

I had the same problem. I was able to get the back window open.
I took the the 4 screws off that are on top of the inside of the door (where the tailgate window latch is).
Got a metal coat hanger. straightened it and made a hook at one end.
carefully pushed the plastic part of the tailgate towards the inside
slid the coat hanger straight down (to the level of the tailgate key/handle) to catch the door latch from the inside and pulled up.
that will get the tailgate open.
then you need to take the rest of the screws out of the lower part of the tailgate to get at the latch assembly. Carefully take the plastic off.
(you will need to take the nice black insulation stuff off the metal part of the door carefully so you can replace it and tape it up if necessary after fixing the latch.)
peel the insulation off the metal part of the door, you will see the assembly rod has come off the latch and will need putting back in place and a little sqweeze to stay on.
really bad design I guess, but since I fixed it at 140000, I haven't had any trouble with it at 166000.

Posted on Apr 05, 2009

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SOURCE: broken tailgate latch

Remove the paneling from inside. Than you can use a flathead screwdriver to pry the latch rod and latch enough to pop open the door.

Posted on May 23, 2009

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