I just solved this problem from inside the back storage area. Dirt in the mechanism and all along the rubber seal where the door closes against the back of my 1993 Cherokee was the problem and cleaning out the dirt and spraying with WD40 was the solution once I got the liftgate open.
1. remove the upper left and right screws holding the carpeted plastic inner lifthatch cover/pannel exposing the mechanism.
2. To do this I pried the small open area upward until the pannel broke free. Two plastic screws broke in the process but I wasn't concerned with it.
3.at the bottom center of the latch mechanism you will see the stud sticking up that the latching mechanism "U"piece grabs and locks to when it swings left to lock the liftgate/hatchback. The "U" opening faces the the stud when opened.
basically the white plastic rectagular cup swings toward you when the button is pushed from the outside and a cast metal peice pushes it. Then the "U" shaped peice can swing and allow the door to open with a push or pull if it doesn't pop open..
4. There was a mechanism to the right that had to be moved so the white plastic could swing and allow the "u"shape to pivot and the liftgate to open.
5. After spraying, work these mechanisms until they move freely and the springs can reset them. Then open and close the lift gate repeatedly.
6. There was an electric locking mechanism to the upper left of the mechanism but mine wasn't engaged so it wasn't an issue.Answerso the lock works and when you pull the handle it doesn't fully unlatch? i had that problem so to fix it i removed the door panel(lift gate) and that will expose the whole latch mechanism. you can then watch what the latch does when you pull it and chances are you will find that the clamp that is attached to the pin has moved up whicth then prevents it from fully unlatching. you then unsnap the clip and move it down on the pin, i also suggest you secure in in that spot i used a small 2-bolt cable clamp and have not had any problems since (8-months) . Answermy Jeep has that problem right now. i just lean on the door and then pull the handle then let go of the door and it work s fine. good luck.
I have a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo...It does NOT have a latch system.
You can change the door latch, on your 1995 Jeep grand Cherokee, by removing the latch retaining screws. Remove the latch rod. Reverse the process to install the new latch.
Its the lock/latch mechanism
on the side of the door near the latch mechanism, there is a white area that takes a screw driver. Use the screw to enable and disable the lock feature.
It is part of the latch.
The actuator (part of the latch) in one door has failed.The actuator (part of the latch) in one door has failed.
the door can stick closed if the latch mechanism isn't kept clean and lubed. To open it-you must go through the inside and pry away the plastic door panel. i used a plastic puty knife to avoid damaging the panel or door. Once you separate the pannel enough-reach your arm in and pull (up)on the latch lever. once opened you can grease the latch assembly and replace the panel. have fun!
The door latch will need replaced.
Yes you just have to hit the latch... And it will make the first pop... Then all u have to do is release the hook... I had a '95 Pontiac grand am... I could slide my hand through the grille and release the hood...
The door ajar switch is part of the latch. Broken wires in the door harness is a common failure.
Opening the hood on a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am is very easy to do. The hood is opened by pulling on the hood release latch inside the car on the drivers side. After the latch is pulled the hood will release. The hood is then opened by pulling the second release under the hood.
The Pontiac Grand Prix door latch has adjustments to move the latch up and down and in and out. Loosen the adjustment screws. Keep moving the latch in one direction or the other, until the door catches the latch.
It is important to know where the emergency latch is in the event that the electric lock on the rear gate doesn't work. On the right side of the inside of the gate is a little door. By removing this little door, you will find the emergency latch.
What kind of Pontiac? Bonneville, Grand Am, Grand Prix, Firebird, Sunbird, Sunfire, Parisenne, etc? You probably have a bad latch, replace it I just ran across this on my car and all I had to do was check latch alignment and align the latch
Climb into the rear storage area from the back seat and using a screw driver remove the door skin from the hatch. This will give you access to the linkages and latch mechanisms from the inside. You can then put your hand down to the latch inside the door and by pulling on the metal bar linking the latch to the handle you can open the door.
The lock actuator has failed on whichever doors are making the noise. The actuater is serviced with the door latch.
There should be a sticker located on the front end of your jeep along side the hood latch with the vacuum hose diagram. If you do not see it there, it will depend on the year as to what diagram you need.
The pin that holds the handle to the latch is probably broken. You will need to disassemble the door and put in a new pin. There is a small square panel on the inside of your rear lift gate. If you remove the panel you will see a switch that will allow you to turn the locking mechanism on or off. Sometimes it can accidentally get switched off from heavy bumps or off road drinving. Flip the switch and you should be good.
Which ever one or ones are making the noise, the lock actators have gone bad. The actuator comes as part of the door latch.
You have to get retrofitted Latch kit. Call your local dealership or manufacturer and ask for the Latch kit.
It is part of the latch inside the door.
They do seem to bind up over time! At the latch handle, under the dash on the driver's side, see if it can be moved far enough to get tools in. Hesitate to suggest vise-grips, because you may well break the plastic handle. The right-angle end of a small pry-bar is about right, if it is notched deeply enough. After you get it open, you might see if you can spray lubricant into the cable, as well as lubricate the moving parts of the latch, underhood.
Trace the cable away from the oxygen sensor. There will be a wire connection about 12 inches up the cable. The connector has a clip that you will need to press to release a latch - just push the clip in and pull the connection apart.
I too just had this problem. Last weekend i replaced the Trunk Struts, i ordered them offline and replaced them myself. I have no mechanic experience and it was a pretty easy fix. The struts coasted roughly 20 dollars a piece, you need 2. The hardest part of the new installation was undoing the screws. If your problem is a latch that won't open the rear hatch, I had to remove the interior panel and readjust the linkage from the handle to the latch at the bottom of the door. It is a press fit that can be snapped apart & then tightened up with minimal tools.