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Even if the tailgate locks properly there may be something blocking the light switch. Happened to me after carting firewood and the trunk had lots of wood chips and sawdust. I cleaned it out with a paint brush and vacuum and the light was fine - but it did take a couple of tries!.
Hi,empty the boot,check for eney plugs or holes if none, shut tailgate and get a hose-pipe and shower the car round the top part of the tailgate,quickly wipe off exess wateropen tailgate and see if there has been eney water getting in,if not open tailgate and carfuly so as not to let water go over into the boot turn the hose on to the lamp lenses where the sills are and see if water enter through them if not try be hind the petrol-flap, my moneys on the tailgate sill.hope this helps
tHEY MECHCANISIMS IN THEM RUST UP AND DONT LIKE TO WORK TRY REMOVING INNER PART OF TAIL GATE AND SPRAY WITH dw-40 and move them till they become free its basically rods that do the work of opening and closing sorry bout caps
Did You open the back window first? when the window is open You should be able to turn the key lock. If not check to make shure Your power locks are unlocked. If that all fails then it is jammed. Take it to a car repair shop. They will open it for You. Good luck.
I had the same problem. I was able to get the back window open.
I took the the 4 screws off that are on top of the inside of the door (where the tailgate window latch is).
Got a metal coat hanger. straightened it and made a hook at one end.
carefully pushed the plastic part of the tailgate towards the inside
slid the coat hanger straight down (to the level of the tailgate key/handle) to catch the door latch from the inside and pulled up.
that will get the tailgate open.
then you need to take the rest of the screws out of the lower part of
the tailgate to get at the latch assembly. Carefully take the plastic off. (you will need to take the
nice black insulation stuff off the metal part of the door carefully so you can replace it and
tape it up if necessary after fixing the latch.)
peel the insulation off the metal part of the door, you will see the
assembly rod has come off the latch and will need putting back in place and a
little sqweeze to stay on. really bad design I guess, but since I fixed it at
140000, I haven't had any trouble with it at 166000.
I had the same problem on my 94 grand cherokee! Try pushing in hard near the latch on the tailgate on the outside then pulling it open. I tried everything before stumbling on to this solution!! Lube up the latch and you should be fine.