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post #1 of 6 Old 11-08-2012, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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cloth strap caught in tailgate latch, can't open door

Hello everyone, I hope someone can help. a small side strap of a backpack got caught exactly in the latching mechanism of the tailgate of my 2008 wrangler, didn't notice it in the dark, shut the door, went to open it later, no go. had to cut the backpack off. I took the little plastic vent looking panel off inside the cargo area near where the latch mechanism is, can reach inside, can flip the lock up and down, can maneuver the opening mechanism up and down that the push button on the outside latch operates, but that door is stuck really well. it feels like its locked. Anyone know how I can get the whole inside metal panel off of the tailgate and then how I go about getting that cloth out from between the latch parts? Thanks!!

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-08-2012, 07:35 PM
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try pushing in on the door real hard with the button pushed maybe it just has pressure on it if not prolly going to have to unbolt it. good luck.

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post #3 of 6 Old 11-08-2012, 08:00 PM
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I agree...the inside metal panel is not a separate piece.

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post #4 of 6 Old 11-09-2012, 03:28 AM
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Same thing happened to me with my tow wires, wouldn't open and felt like it was locked. Just grab ahold and yank it open.
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-11-2012, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I got on the inside and pushed with both legs, like i was at the gym doing leg presses hehehe, and bf was outside pulling on the door handle w the button pushed in. door opened right up. Thanks again for the help!!!
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-11-2012, 07:01 PM
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So what happened to your boyfriend, did he end up on the floor?

Glad you got it opened.

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