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Unread 10-06-2015, 05:32 PM   #1
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Electric Liftgate Question

I have the electric liftgate in my 2015 Grand Cherokee. Sometimes when I open it I forget it is electric and I manually open it and close it. Am I hurting the mechanism in doing this ? I see nothing in the manual about this. I am trying to break the habit but my previous vehicle had a manual trunk and I was used to it.

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Unread 10-06-2015, 05:45 PM   #2
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No problem, it's designed to be overridden manually
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What if there was no battery power or the motor quit working? Is there a way to open the lift gate manually?
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Unread 10-06-2015, 06:17 PM   #4
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Yes, just pull the latch and lift... although I dunno off hand if the latch opens on a dead battery, i.e. cable or electric driven. There is probably an emergency release somewhere.

My lift motor stopped working and I could open and close the hatch manually.
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Unread 10-06-2015, 06:27 PM   #5
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Good information. Thanks!
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Unread 10-06-2015, 09:11 PM   #6
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What if there was no battery power or the motor quit working? Is there a way to open the lift gate manually?
From the owner's manual:
"In the event of a power malfunction to the liftgate, an
emergency liftgate latch release can be used to open
the liftgate. The emergency liftgate latch release can be
accessed through a snap-in cover located on the liftgate
trim panel."
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Unread 10-07-2015, 03:14 PM   #7
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What if there was no battery power or the motor quit working? Is there a way to open the lift gate manually?
Hey PIGH8TER,

If this situation were to arise, you can use an emergency lift gate latch to open the lift gate. The emergency lift gate latch release can be accessed through a snap-in cover located on the lift gate trim panel. This information can be accessed in your owner’s manual on Pg. 45. However, this information is out of the owner’s manual for a 2012 Grand Cherokee.
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Unread 10-07-2015, 06:56 PM   #8
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Hey PIGH8TER,

If this situation were to arise, you can use an emergency lift gate latch to open the lift gate. The emergency lift gate latch release can be accessed through a snap-in cover located on the lift gate trim panel. This information can be accessed in your owner’s manual on Pg. 45. However, this information is out of the owner’s manual for a 2012 Grand Cherokee.
Thank you guys for this information. Fingers crossed to never needing to use it, but it's good to know that this option is available.
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Hey PIGH8TER,

If this situation were to arise, you can use an emergency lift gate latch to open the lift gate. The emergency lift gate latch release can be accessed through a snap-in cover located on the lift gate trim panel. This information can be accessed in your owner’s manual on Pg. 45. However, this information is out of the owner’s manual for a 2012 Grand Cherokee.
JeepCares please explain this further. The lift gate trim panel is located inside not outside. How do you remove the panel if you can't raise the lift gate ?
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Would you want anyone to be able to simply remove a panel and open the tail gate from the outside?
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Unread 10-07-2015, 10:49 PM   #11
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JeepCares please explain this further. The lift gate trim panel is located inside not outside. How do you remove the panel if you can't raise the lift gate ?
"The emergency liftgate latch release can be accessed through a snap-in cover located on the lift- gate trim panel." There is a small emergency door/plug that can be removed with the liftgate shut, the entire panel does not get removed. Its something like a snap in battery compartment cover.

On our WJ we crawled over the rear seat. It was a somewhat routine thing as that hatch latch could be fickle at times and my tiny third daughter loved to help. If I had to do it, I lowered the rear seat backs first...
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Thank you guys for this information. Fingers crossed to never needing to use it, but it's good to know that this option is available.
You’re welcome, PIGH8TER. Always happy to help and provide useful information.
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You’re welcome, PIGH8TER. Always happy to help and provide useful information.
Great - how about answering post #9 in this thread please.
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Great - how about answering post #9 in this thread please.
#9 was answered by #11.... what more do you want?
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Unread 10-08-2015, 06:55 PM   #15
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#9 was answered by #11.... what more do you want?
I want clarity. It is not clear if this panel is outside or inside the vehicle. Also I thought we were talking about 2015 models. I don't think the 2012 models are the same but I may be wrong.
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