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Tailgate won't open. Latch handle lifts but gate doesn't unlatch

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  • Stevemizu Nov 26, 2008

    I depress the latch handle on my 2001 Santa Fe - but the tailgate won't open - feels like the latch is disconnected. How do I open the interior panel to repair?

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    honda pilot tailgate doesn't stay latched. Can open by jut pulling on the handle.

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I had the same problem - took off the inside panel on the tailgate and the rod from the lift handle to the latch was disconnected at the latch ( on the driver side). Simple to reattach and works fine ever since. Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008

I know this sounds silly, but is the latch locked? If I lock mine, the latch will lift but the gate won't open.

Posted on Aug 06, 2008

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