Question about 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan
On my 2000 dodge grand caravan you can manually release the tailgate by manually lifting the connecting rod between the latch and the tailgate handle. you can access this rod by removing a small cover over an access hole near the latch at the bottom of the tailgate.
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
My 98 had the same problem. It turned out the mechanism was broken. Believe it or not I found it on Ebay under hatch release for $20 and it was not a difficult project at all. Its been 2 years and it works great. Hope this helps.
Posted on Mar 17, 2009
I have a 98 caravan that had the same problem. I finally removed the inside panel from the liftgate and found that the black tar like substance used to attach factory sound deadening pads had heated up and run over the latch mechanism making it very sticky on warm days. I removed the pads, cleaned off the adhesive using carb cleaner and lubricated the latch mech with white lithium grease. Problem solved!
Posted on Nov 23, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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
I had the same problem on my '98 V70 - my rear liftgate would not open. The "rear lift door open light" was on. I guess it was some kind of electronic problem in the locking mechanism. But it could have been something else like the metal bar that extends from the outside handle down to the mechanism had slipped off (unusual design seems like it should be connected instead of just sitting on a plastic latch handle) or maybe it was bent because this car had been hit in the rear as I found out looking around in there. Anyway, I took off the interior panel and inside handle. There was a large torx bolt that had to be removed if I was going to replace the mechanism. I later found out that there were two more once I got the gate open. I took a photo of the way everything was connected so I would have a record just in case I needed it. I bought a new lock mechanism. There is a thin piece of plastic down near the bottom on the mechanism that somewhat blocks a screwdriver or other tool from reaching in and opening the door that way. So I had to start removing things. I disconnected the power first. I removed the two screws I could reach which let the part that was connected to the connector be removed out of the way. I removed the metal bars that went from the outside door handle and the lock down to the mechanism. I still couldn't reach where I needed to. So since I had the part I began to slowly break away pieces from the mechanism. They are plastic so they broke off without much trouble but it did take a little work. Finally I reached down to the thin plastic part I referred to earlier that covers the part that unlocks your liftgate and pulled it enough off of it to get access to the release. One last try with a screwdriver let me push the actual release and the door opened! There was much rejoicing. Then I removed the old and replaced with the new. Reconnected everything checked and rechecked. It's working so far. That's how I did it.
Posted on Jun 14, 2009
If you remove the ring around the handle you will get a better view of the two rods that connect the handle to the outter latches.The ring just snaps in.I think a flat head screw driver from the bottom works the best.Once you have access to the rods you can push the inward twords each other to pop the gate.If the are broken out twords the tail lights then a thin flat head in the gap betwen the tail lights and tail gate should be able to push the spring loaded latches in to pop the gate,but you may need to borrow a extra set of hands.Well hope this helps.
Posted on Feb 06, 2010
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