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2000 cherokee xj liftgate won't open

I posted earlier and got a response saying to take off the interior panel on the liftgate, but there are screws on the sides that cannot be accessed while the liftgate is shut. Any help much appreciated.

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  • KILLA GREEN Mar 11, 2009

    The lock will still lock and unlock. Almost seems as though the door handle is malfunctioning. Which side panel are you referring to? (It is not power locks)

  • rmurtagh24 Mar 11, 2009

    Does anyone know if you replace the outside handle will it fix this problem, sounds like this is a common occurance with this car as I have the same problem.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    sometimes you need to sacrifice panel to get to the lock mechanism. generally you can locate one in a scrapyard. Have you tried activating lock from the connector inside the side panel? or are there screws you can't get to there as well?



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If ur not tooo rough with the panel you can just tear the panel at the side screws, you will never even know its torn. There are two on each side one up high and one down low, and the top 4 are completely accessable, I just did this and it works like a champ!

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If not power locks, the only way I know of to get in there is to go through the panel. If you are completely unable to open it, that's the only way!!! There are enough jeeps in the boneyards so that availabiltiy of the panel should be good and you may even be able to match colour. Since this is not a "running" problem, you can take your time finding one you want. In removal, I always try what you might call careful destruction, in that I dont go at it with hammers etc. this ensures that no internal damage is done. Sometimes making a small hole and enlarging it 'till you can gain access to lock mechanism is all you need to do. There is a lot of sheet metal behind the plastic panel, so after cutting in one location, try to enlarge hole towards an access hole in the inside panel. Use care when reaching through the hole...Inner sheet metal is sharp and can give you a bad cut if not careful!!!
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Is the liftgate truly locked, or will it just not open when you pull the liftgate handle from the outside? Mine will unlock, but sometimes I need to push somewhat on the liftgate at the handle before the mechanism will release.

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I have the same problem but I fix it, look inside or the interior panel on the liftgate you will see a snap in cover located on the liftgate trim panel. open it and you will see the insulation open it and you will see also some kind of plastic cover, open it or tear a little you will see there the emergency liftgate latch. Good Luck...

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