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2004 envoy xuv tailgate problems, will not latch or open sideways.

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  • Ustaenjoyenv Jul 31, 2008

    Yes, my tailgate will not open in either diredtion, top slides, window opens, tailgate just "clicks" and moans with touch pad, just in the last 6 weeks!

  • dstrybos Aug 20, 2008

    I have the same issue. Tailgate will not open at all. What a pain but you can hear it click when button is pushed. Top will not slide back and rear window will not rollup. I think its all tied to the sensor showing the tailgate is not latched. Any help on opening the tailgate is appreciated. Thanks

  • Anonymous Sep 03, 2008

    I had the same problem and it required that the electronic latches be replaced. They are a snap if you have any do-it-yourself experience.

  • hotlil57 Sep 14, 2008

    SAME problem!!

  • sguell Nov 25, 2008

    Maybe the same problem. My rear window came out of the chanel that runs it up and down. Need to be reglued back into those chanels or whatever fix would best fasten the window back to the chanels.

  • cabisblessed Nov 26, 2008

    I have a similar problem. My tailgate will not open at all. I can unlock the doors, but the rear gate stays locked. It's malfunctioning is as if the doors are open because they won't lock...not even with my key remote. (If that makes any sense) It's soooooooooooooooo inconvenient not having a functioning rear gate.

  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2008

    Need to get the gate opened first! Will NOT budge!!!

  • penetente Mar 26, 2009

    Same issue with the tailgate. Can't open it at all. And if that's not frustrating enough, the rear glass won't raise and my roof is stuck in the "open" position. I would check the sensors, but can't without getting the tailgate open.

  • hotrod1961 Apr 29, 2009

    I have a 2004 envoy xuv, the back hatch opens 2 ways,either like a normal truck hatch,or swings open like a door, well the swing like a door style ,quit any ideas why???

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    droopydog159 Apr 15, 2013

    is there a way to manualy open the tailgate?

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The actuators have a white stem that sticks out of the bottom of them. if you push up on the ones on the driver side it will open the back hatch for you.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

  • Jimmy Oct 18, 2011

    I did notice the white stem and tried to move it up in the direction of the arrow but nothing happened. Does the window need to be down?

  • ksmiel2327 May 01, 2013

    where are the white stem located?

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THE ROOF,TAILGATE,REAR WINDOW & REAR WIPER IS NOT WORGING

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You will have to buy a whole new track system for the rear glass and it comes with a new moter. you can't just buy the the tracks seperate. (BOO) its about $400 and its farley easy to replace if you can get the back door open. i have a 2004 gmc envoy xuv. and had the same problem. hope this helps.

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

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Lubricate well if you ever get it open once. I also tripped the latch by hand so the gate wont latch and hold the gate down with a bungee for fear of never getting it open again. I will lube it and if necessary I will replace the latch solenoid. $20.00 part. Check online for yourself under 'repair manual for xxx car'

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I do not have the XUV model but I know that my Envoy has an electronic sounding latch lock when I close my tailgate. I would check the fuses and electrical connections. I hope that this helps.

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Park on fairly level ground, While truck is on get out on the running board and use your body weight to rock the truck left to right vigorously. This should reset the tailgates tilt sensor. I just changed my window regulator and had to figure that one out. To open the tailgate you must enter from inside and located at the right are the latches, look closely you'll notice small brass pins with arrows pointing up direction, use tool to apply pressure upwards, I would recommend doing the lower one first then top; while constantly applying pressure to tailgate outwards or have a buddy pull on it while your doing that. GM Parts Direct Your direct source for Genuine GM Parts

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You can buy the regulator which comes withe tracks and cables if your motor is still good. It costs about $140.00 at a dealer.

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    Gmpartsdirect,com $118 w/tax and s/h

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