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Old 09-10-2000, 10:13 AM
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My 89 GW tailgate will unlatch on only one side.would appreciate any info on procedure to release without use of explosives.
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Old 09-10-2000, 01:56 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by csread:
My 89 GW tailgate will unlatch on only one side.would appreciate any info on procedure to release without use of explosives. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

If I remember right when I had this problem ('78 Wag) I was able to reach down along side the window and trip the latch with a long screwdriver, or was it pull up with a pc of wire, anyhow I could see the latch between the glass and the side of the gate.



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Old 09-10-2000, 05:27 PM
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There are metal arms extending from the center handle mechanism to either side of the tailgate, which activate the spring-loaded latches. The arms were originally covered with cloth for rigidity, but the cloth frazzles and the metal arms get bent anyway. I solved this by removing them and having 1/4" rods spot-welded on them.

Anyway, to solve your instant problem, just open the window all the way and reach down with a long screw driver and trip the latch; that is, mimic the action that the metal arm would cause. Take a look and you'll see what I mean.

Once you've got it open, get some WD40 and spray it in there, something you should do periodically. But, in addition to strengthening the rods as I noted above, there is also a tendency for the inner tailgate panel itself to fatigue and crack, which makes latch problems even worse.
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Old 09-11-2000, 04:48 AM
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He he he thats kinda funny.. nothing stronger than a piece of steel with some cloth wrapped around it. It would be cool to be the guy at AMC that had to wind the cloth around the rods..

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