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My Tailgate does not open. I have taken all the screews out of the panel, but am unable to pull the panel off.

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The catch most likely has a a piece of foreign matter or is bent causing the catch to jam.

if you can lower the back seat and with a flashlight and a med to sm flat screwdriver you should be able to dig out the piece of rope or wood or ?? or if the latch then push perpendicular to the door at the latch from the inside... push the latch back like it was the uvula in your mouth but metal and curved and not like a uvula at all but I hope you get it.

PUSHING IN on the liftgate right at the lock might give enough extra room to free the latch or clear the debris...might need an extra outside hand to see if it creates any extra room.

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