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Unread 05-28-2003, 02:16 PM   #1
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94 tailgate latch sticking

Hey my friend has a 94 Limited GC and his tailgates latch sticks all the time. It unlocks but it takes a good pull to actually get it open. It feels a lot like the door never got unlocked but if you pull enough it just comes open. We squirted some WD-40 up in there for hopefully a quick fix without ripping the interior and latch apart.

I'm a cherokee owner so I don't know a whole lot about the inner working of the GC.

I was thinking maybe the next things to check would be a new relay to see if the old was just a little weak to open the rear locks. Any ideas where it is? Under passenger kick panel maybe?

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Unread 05-28-2003, 07:16 PM   #2
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if it opens at all, the power locks are working. If you are having to cycle the power locks repeatedly, thats a different problem. Were it a problem with the locks, you wouldn't be able to open the gate, no matter how hard you pulled.

I remember a previous post... maybe 2 weeks ago... about someone having a problem where there liftgate didn't open at all. In that post they mentioned opening up the liftage latching mecahnism and tightening any screws or bolts they found and greasing up other parts. said they didn't have any problems afterwards.

I think the problem you have is the same as mine. I pull my latch, and have to give a swift, hard tug on it to get it to come open, sometimes two.

I plan on going in there and doing what the other jeeper did, tightening everything down and seeing if everything is as it should be...

hope this helps.
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Unread 05-28-2003, 07:52 PM   #3
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My 97 and my friends 96 does the same thing, one time I had to open the rear window and bang on the latch with my hand to get it to open, if you find a fix let me know.
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Unread 05-29-2003, 09:54 PM   #4
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damn your's stick? mine don't stay up lol, I had to get the pistons tightened but that didn't work so I just got them replaced.
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Do a search here for "rear hatch" I have posted a solution to this
more than once..
Good luck...

PM me if you cant find it..
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Unread 06-03-2003, 04:45 PM   #6
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Hey thanks a lot swampboy I was always trying to serach for tailgate and that wasn't coming up with a whole lot.
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Unread 06-03-2003, 10:07 PM   #7
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Glad I could help...
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Unread 06-03-2003, 10:25 PM   #8
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madmanfrommars ~ i have that same problem...on most days..some days it stays open.. how much did it cost you...i'm debating about whether to get it fixed or just deal with it.
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