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Unread 07-20-2013, 02:42 PM   #1
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My tail gate mechanism is not working, will not unlatch. Is there a way to remove the inner gate panel to access the mech with the gate closed? Or other suggestions?

My heater A/C fan only operates on high speed "4" on the switch, can this be fixed without replacing the whole $300 unit the dealer is telling me?

Thanks for your input

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Unread 07-20-2013, 02:51 PM   #2
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My tailgate does that sometimes. I've always been able to open it by prying on the latch fingers with a screwdriver while pulling on the latch. Once it's open, take the latch apart and lube it up.
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Unread 07-20-2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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I think if your fan only works on high, it means you need to replace a resister. I think if you ask at the auto parts store they'll know what you need.
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Unread 07-20-2013, 08:06 PM   #4
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My tail gate mechanism is not working, will not unlatch. Is there a way to remove the inner gate panel to access the mech with the gate closed? Or other suggestions?

My heater A/C fan only operates on high speed "4" on the switch, can this be fixed without replacing the whole $300 unit the dealer is telling me?

Thanks for your input
Not sure on the door, you will have to fiddle with it. As for the blower. It's called a blower motor resistor. It's like 7 bucks for a new one and takes no time to install. I might have a picture on my phone here... It's just above the vent on the passenger side.

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you working on a jeep wrangler or a jeep cherokee... or something else?
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Unread 07-20-2013, 10:24 PM   #6
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you working on a jeep wrangler or a jeep cherokee... or something else?
Good call! I didn't even look at his name. Plus I can't see his info on my phone.

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Unread 07-22-2013, 11:18 AM   #7
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you working on a jeep wrangler or a jeep cherokee... or something else?
My jeep is a 99 cherokee
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Unread 07-22-2013, 11:19 AM   #8
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Unread 07-22-2013, 11:56 AM   #9
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Since we have determined it is a Cherokee the fan speed is the resistor.

The rear latch mechanism I believe has a cover that can be removed. Has to be a way to get it open.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 12:13 PM   #10
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might have better luck with responses on the XJ forum, this is the YJ forum... (XJ=Cherokee, YJ=87-95 Wranglers)

that said, I did have an XJ once - it was an 87 so yours may be different, but on mine, there was NO way to access the mechanism with the gate closed.

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Unread 07-22-2013, 12:20 PM   #11
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You need to ask yourself why the resistor went bad first tho. It would be a good idea to read the current draw of the blower motor and compare it to specifications. If it is way over spec. The blower motor is drawing too much current and taking out your blower motor resistor. I usually end up replacing both when I run into this problem.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 11:35 PM   #12
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Thanks folks, replaced the resistor ($54) and fan works well, all 4 speeds. Old resistor was rusted and covered in trash. Now all I need to do is solve the tail gate situation. I'm thinking I have to cut a hole in the interior panel
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Unread 07-23-2013, 08:19 AM   #13
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Got to be a better way. Know anyone who steals cars??? Just a thought but with a picture if how the mechanism works you may get it open.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 03:31 PM   #14
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You should be able to climb in the back cargo area and undo the screws and just pull off the panel giving you access to the inside latch mechanism with out destroying the panel,then jut the rod up a bit plenty of write up here if ya search a bit.
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Unread 07-23-2013, 03:36 PM   #15
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Pull up on the handle....HARD, and hit the gate above the handle with the palm of your hand. After you get it open pull the interior panel and readjust the linkage

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