can anyone tell me how to open my Grand Cherokee jeep 1998 talegate, it does'nt open with the key or fob. loosed the two nuts that hold the retaining part of the lock still no joy. I would be grateful if someone could help.
Last edited by Tamistoma; 07-22-2012 at 03:07 PM..
Have you tried pushing in on the hatch, while turning the key? There's lots of info on this problem, which is fairly common, if you do a search. Try "rear hatch jammed", in the search box found at the top left corner of this page. Sometimes, you need to open up the hatch from the inside by pulling back on the interior trim, and reaching in to be able to pull a section of the latch, that has become disconnected.
Mine does this every once in a while (read : almost every time). Can you feel it unlock? If so, it's the latch bar is out of alignment. Mine I have to push down on the hatch (down, not in) and then pull the hatch open. Quite often I have to do it several times in a row for it to work.
Never thought to try the "someone pull the latch while you kick the **** out of it from the inside" trick...
Thank guy's for your help, fixed the tailgate this morning by removing the screw I could see from the inside tailgate panel. wedged the panel apart put my arm down and pull the rod. the locking link & the actuator rod had came off, put them back on lubed the lock and surrounding area. Furthermore I cable tied the actuator rod to the lock so it does not jump off again.
Next task is to fix the the bad sensor noise nightmare, the joy's
Just fixed the bad sensor message/noise which I know most of you dislike. What a difference it makes to your journey with out hearing it. A bit of soldering is all it took, once you dismantled most of the dash that is. just a couple more jobs to do "to thats if the talegate does'nt kill me first" (Struts are gased out my next job).