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How do you open a 1999 Dodge Durango liftgate if the latch is not working?


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2015-07-15 18:56:14
2015-07-15 18:56:14

From the inside of your vehicle loosen the plastic covering the back hatch, the light will need to be removed temporarily, slide your hand in to lift up on the rod that is connected to the lock mechanism to unlock the hatch. This is a common Durango malady, which may be able to be rectified by lubricating the sliding lock mechanism. After lubrication, test operation with key and / or remote. Re-attach plastic covering.

You may want to check and see if it is just stuck... My 99 gets stuck all the time. I have to bang on the back with my shoulder into where the latch is and that usually dislodges it enough to get it to open. Also if you push on the gate as you lift the lever it may help....

**Once you have opened the hatch by pulling on the latch/rod from the inside, I found it handy to loop a 1" tie-down strap about a foot long over the lift-up part of the latch/rod and then feeding it under the plastic liner, and letting it hang out inside of the vehicle. It's not in the way, and is much handier than taking everything apart to open as described in the above paragraph. ***Not recommended if you have young children, as they may be able to open the liftgate while riding in the rear seats.


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The lift gate on a 2003 Dodge Durango can be opened from the inside if the latch is not working. There is a latch on the floor close to the door that can be tripped with the use of a screwdriver to open the gate. The cable for the gate might need to be repaired after this.

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you have to do it from the inside ...pull the light out careful not to break the tabs .after you pull the light out the cover will pull out at the center enough to get your arm back behind it reach down by the latch at push the white tab toward the latch ....once thats done it should open !!!

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If the plastic part is broken, it can not be repaired. New latch is about $ 50.00.

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It is attached to the liftgate latch assembly.

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The latch is supplied by Henan North Xingguang Locking Systems Co.

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