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Unread 07-27-2011, 10:52 AM   #1
RJZJ
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liftgate help

I was at the grocery store opened the hatch to put the groceries in and went to shut the liftgate and it would not shut. ok so I have searched and found several threads about the liftgate not opening, I have the opposite problem the latch on my is stuck closed and will not let the liftgate close. I removed the trim panel inside and everything looked ok tried to adjust the latch didnt help. So now I have removed the latch and tried to manualy pry the latch open and no luck. Does anyone have any ideas?



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Unread 07-27-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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nobody?
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Unread 07-27-2011, 01:40 PM   #3
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I'm guessing the latch siezed. May be able to put it in a vice and pry/hammer it open. At which point I'd grease it heavily. Or just find a latch. I tried looking on the internet for you but came up empty. Try craigslist.
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Unread 07-27-2011, 04:29 PM   #4
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Happen to me on my previous jeep zj that was a 97. I couldn't do anything at all to fix it so i bought a new one and installed it. Never had the problem again.
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Unread 07-28-2011, 10:30 AM   #5
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how much did your new one cost? I have called jy around here and nobody has one the dealer told me it would be about $160
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Unread 07-28-2011, 12:00 PM   #6
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Use degreaser and hot water to remove all the old, hard grease. If it doesn't free up you need to replace it, it's either broken or bent from prying. If it does free up you need to re-lubricate and be aware it may malfunction again.

Full service junkyards often don't like selling latches, collision repair shops like buying panels with that stuff intact. Try a self service yard. Or somebody parting out on craigslist. Good luck
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Unread 07-28-2011, 12:19 PM   #7
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have you tried hooking it back up and unlocking/locking the jeep? I got mine to do that while it was up in the air fixing the shocks, and had the same thing, where it was stuck and i couldn't shut it. So i just opened the drivers door and flipped the lock switch a bunch and walah, i could close it again.
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Unread 07-29-2011, 12:36 AM   #8
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yea i tried cleaning, and regreasing, locking-unlocking and nothing so im just gonna get a new one
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