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Where is the emergency latch to open a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee rear lift gate if the electric lock does not work?


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2009-07-01 02:11:08
2009-07-01 02:11:08

If you just want to release the lock, there is a small door on the inside right side of the door panel. Remove the small door and stick your finger through the slit in the sound deadening material. You will feel a metal lever behind the material. Push down on the lever and the lock will release. You can now open the liftgate from outside. To access the entire mechanism: Pull the rear panel after removing any seen screws,there are two hidden in the carpet,on the lower left and right of panel.once panel is pulled back,remove sound deadening material.Reach into the center and left side facing out of latch.grab the steel rod and pull up.this should release the hatch. Sometimes the steel rod becomes completely disconnected from the latch mechanism due to breakage of the plastic fastener that normally connects the upper threaded end of the rod to the lift handle. In that case, reach down farther to the actual latch mechanism housing just above the floor of the trunk area. Find the small lever that the bottom of the steel rod normally connects to and pull up on it to release the latch.

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