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Cloth stuck in the liftgate lock latch and the door is stuck closed

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    Thomas Apr 18, 2015

    I got mine to open by cutting the cloth as close to latch as possible and gently pushing from the inside as some else is one the outside trying to unlock it manually and gently pushing out.

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Try climbing inside toward the lift gate and feel for a emergency release mechanism, and try the remote lock release

Posted on Nov 08, 2010

  • vannandr Nov 08, 2010

    Thank you philbop for the answer. The lock actually works fine with the remote but the door still is shut. I was not able to pull all the cloth out from the lock and squeezing the door handle does nothing. I have not found any release mechanism.

  • michael byro Nov 08, 2010

    try calling up a local autobody shop and explain the problem, body shops have the skill and ability

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