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Unread 11-10-2003, 02:45 AM   #1
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Rear hatch

I was wondering if anyone knew how to open the hatch from the inside of the vehicle. Since my hatch is not opening. It lock and unlocks fine with the remote can hear it and with the key can feel it. But you pull the handle and it gives a little pop like it going to open but then doesn't . Anyone have any ideas

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Unread 11-10-2003, 03:41 AM   #2
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Try having someone push from inside as you pull the latch outside. If you get it open, lube the latch mechanism real good with WD-40 or equiv. My hatch was seized up on mine cuz the prev. owner never used it. Water likes to lay down there, mine was a real PITA at first but no probs in the 5+ years since. HTH.
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Unread 11-10-2003, 07:14 AM   #3
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The best way to do it is to take the cover off the inside of the door..
First remove the floor cross piece .. THen take off the door skin.. THen you will see a mechanism inside the door...
There is a short rod with an adjustable clip.. Pop the rod out adjust the clip and put it back together... IT is very common ON Grand Cherokees.. And not easy to do without the door open..
BUt it is possible... I did mine..
Do a search on rear hatch you should find others giving the same advice..

Sounds wierd now but it will make sence when you see the inside of the door mechanism..

Good luck..

Just another soccer moms Grocery getter....
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