rear swing gate wont open
the glass pops open but i pull on the handle and nothing, and yes the door is unlocked
I just finished fixing the switch in the swing gate handle and now the lift glass popper is functional again. I also have the 'gate won't unlock problem' though. It seems from how it's acting and what I've read that the gate latch motor might be getting tired. Weird thing is that if I hold the gate handle open the motor tries harder to unlock the latch, almost like holding the handle open reduces the amount of work the latch motor needs to do. I can unlock the gate reliably with the lift glass popper button on the key fob which is also a little weird because the unlock button doesn't do the job. I'd say this qualifies as an 'electrical gremlin', and I'll probably just bring it to the dealer since I know the parts won't be cheap anyway and I bet used parts in working order are hard to come by.
I had this happen and the latch mechanism itself had died. Replaced the mechanism and all is well.
On my Jeep I think the remaining problem is still the door handle switch because when I disconnect it the auto lock/unlock works fine. I'm thinking that the internal switch contacts are corroded so the 'on' resistance is too high. The switch pops the lift glass now that I resoldered it, but it's somehow interfering with the system's ability to run the latch motor. (Maybe the high 'on' resistance is being sensed by the microcontroller and confusing it?) I ordered a new door handle w/ switch as the next step.
I ordered a replacement door handle switch from the dealer, installed it, and the swing gate locks/unlocks perfectly. Total cost: $3.75. Gotta love that! If you want to see if this is your problem then remove the plastic swing gate interior cover, pull the vinyl cover off of the metal frame near the handle area and disconnect the white nylon connector that connects the door handle switch to the electrical system. If the gate latch locks/unlocks no prob, then replace the switch and you're good to go. Otherwise maybe the latch motor is wearing out or the battery is dying. Good luck!
Easy fix for my rear door. 2007 Liberty
I spent some time reading the posts on this topic in order to resolve my rear door problem. Glass would open and I could hear the motor noise and even a delayed motor noise but the gate would not open. Thought for sure it was a failing motor. I took the rear door panel off and finally figured out how to slide the latch mechanism down to manually release the door. Finally I looked through a small hole that was at the level of the latch mechanism in the gate. Two metal pieces are sandwiched together and there was a threaded hole in the rear-most piece. Of course, no bolt or screw. Felt around inside the door and did not find anything until I looked at the very bottom of the door and remove some tape covering a weep hole. Low and behold the allen head bolt was stuck to the back of the tape. Screwed it back in place and, volia!, back in working order. Five minutes and done...lucky me. I wonder how honest the dealer would have been about this.
Originally Posted by JayVee View Post
Or anyone else who knows what this part is, thanks in advance.
Okay I'm kinda having the same issue, when I unlock my '06 Liberty I can't open the swing gate unless I open the glass with the remote, the glass won't open with a slight tug of the handle like its supposed to,
any1 have any clues on why this may be?????
any1 have any clues on why this may be?????
Yes one of many electrical gremlins on the Liberty. Remove the gate's inside panel. When you action the door handle by hand, you'll see the door mechanism is touching the eletrical wire to the motor. You'll have to tape the wire so that it doesn't touch it, or replace the wire if it shows signs of damage...
My glass would pop up, the latch clicked but the swing gate wouldn't unlock. I took the little square panel out of the interior paneland felt around inside until I was able to trip the latch open. After removing the interior panel from the door I took the latch mechanism out and discovered, just as Tobyjuan did, that the screw connecting the two sandwitched arms together was missing. I replaced the screw and all is well.
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