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98 Hatch won't open! Help!

My 1998 cherokee is being rather stubborn right now... The mechanism that keeps the hatch shut has somehow seized up and now I can't open my hatch. I took it to a shop and they (as most shops are when you bring them a jeep) looked at it like a monkey doing a math problem. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, how did you fix it?!?!

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Dear Customer,

Do this steps to open your's


1. Straighten out a metal coat hanger and bend a small hook on one end.
2. Remove the top screws on the inner pannel.
3. Gently pull the top of the pannel open about an inch and shine a flashlight inside the hatch. Mine has the pop up glass which makes this a little easier.
4. Slide the hooked end of the coat hanger inside the hatch while a friend works the release handle up and down.
5. Inside the hatch, at the bottom of course, you will see the release arm moving. Simply hook the arm with the coat hanger and pull up!
6. It may take a few tries, but the hatch will open easily.

you will able to open your hatch in less than 15 minutes by yourself not required 1 more single person. Once the hatch opens, remove the remaining screws and you will see that the release arm is adjustable. The arm is threaded and simply pops into a metal clamp. Pop it out of the clamp, pull up on the arm to take up as much slack as possible, and pop the arm back into the clamp. Replace the inner pannel and your done.

so you got your hatch open now,

THNX

Posted on May 18, 2008

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