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I CAN NOT CLOSE THE REAR TIRE GATE IT WILL NOT LATCH

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Look at the door side of the latch, there should be something that looks like a claw, if the claw is closed then the door will nit either. Take a screwdriver or pair of pliers and pry the claw open. Now the door should close. Put some thick oil or grease on the claw hinges while your at it

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