The Tailgate Won't Open on My Jeep Cherokee

Written by jeanene s. valentine
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The Tailgate Won't Open on My Jeep Cherokee
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A stuck liftgate on a Jeep Cherokee tends to be a very common problem. After a few years of wear and tear, the side support arms will give out and need to be replaced. However, the actual sticking of the lock assembly is more common than the support arms giving out. This is a very simple repair that will have your liftgate back in working condition in no time. Thoroughly lubricating the entire lock and latch assembly will keep your hatch in working condition for quite some time.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Aerosol lubricant
  • Clean shop towel

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  1. 1

    Lower the rear seat using the release straps, and climb inside of rear cargo area. Unscrew and remove the liftgate trim located at the bottom of hatch that covers the lock assembly.

  2. 2

    Pull up the threaded latching bolt that has a green plastic tab located on its base, by using a set of pliers, until you hear the liftgate pop open. Push the green plastic tab to the left, and it will pop off the latching bolt. Adjust the latching bolt to the position needed to freely open and close the liftgate, then replace the green plastic tab.

  3. 3

    Spray an even coating of lubricant to all moving parts of the lock and latch assembly. Allow to air dry or wipe clean with a shop cloth.

  4. 4

    Replace the liftgate trim, and tighten with screwdriver.

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