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The keyed lock on my 98 passport on the tail gate has been punched in, I can't figure out even how to get the tail gate open, because the handle on the out side seems to be un atatched, I feel that if I can get it open I could get to the issue from the inside, plz help me, john

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  • patrickpeyer Nov 08, 2008

    I have the same problem. The solution offered does not help as the window cannot be opened b/c the lock "button" seems to have lost it's spring and is does not open the window any longer. The key does not pull the lock back out or allow open the gate (b/c the window must open first).

    Thanks!

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I believe you have to open the rear window to open the tailgate??
Tailgate opens right to left [ passenger to driver ] side?
Tailgate handle will not work if window not open - feels like it is disconnected. The "button" releases the window only.
If you open the rear window and the tailgate still will not open. You need to remove the inside tailgate cover to get access to the handle and release switch. You can access the the window release the same way [ just a little harder to do]. You will probably end up breaking the vinyl panel to do this but so will the auto body shop and they will charge you $$$$$ to replace it.

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