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Old 04-14-2001, 12:24 PM
Waggy Waggy is offline
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Anyone have experience freeing stuck latches? Mine are stuck on both sides, presumably rust (here in New England). They were stuck when I bought the Wagoneer. Have used penetrating oil (Kroil; highly recommended, this is the first time it has let me down). Also, various combinations of hammers, pry bars, etc. as can be used given the small space. I am ready to apply heat but am concerned about ruining the latch springs. Is there an EASY way I've overlooked?? No telling how long the gate has been stuck shut but this has been unbelievably stubborn. Anyone been there done that? Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-14-2001, 01:15 PM
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My tailgate was stuck also. It didn't help that I hit a tree at about 55 mph in reverse (I lost power & brakes going up a mountain, the tree didn't survive) Hammers didn't work and I skipped pry bars, penetrating oil, and didn't think about heating it. As a downhill mountain bike racer I have some pretty strong legs, (enough to push the wagoneer one space over in the my driveway that looks like the rubicon.) I got behind the rear bench and kicked the tailgate as hard as I could with both legs spread about a foot apart, by the third time it popped open. And no it didn't brake the glass. If your legs do not offer enough grunt, get a friend (one with strong legs). I'm sure they wuoldn't mind kicken the hell out of it!

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Old 04-14-2001, 02:03 PM
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Before you try any more prying, kicking etc., confirm that in fact your release handle is in fact disengaging the latches.

Have you tried using a cable winch (come-a-long)?

Attach one end to a secure no moveable object and attach the other end to the top of the tail gate.

Good luck!

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Old 04-14-2001, 02:32 PM
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Yeah my latch was stuck open, so that wasn't a problem.

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Old 04-14-2001, 02:35 PM
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Well my release handle was stuck open, not the latches, they were stuck closed

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Old 04-14-2001, 03:19 PM
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[quote]Originally posted by Waggy:
[b]Anyone have experience freeing stuck latches? Mine are stuck on both sides, presumably rust (here in New England). They were stuck when I bought the Wagoneer. Have used penetrating oil (Kroil; highly recommended, this is the first time it has let me down). Also, various combinations of hammers, pry bars, etc. as can be used given the small space. I am ready to apply heat but am concerned about ruining the latch springs. Is there an EASY way I've overlooked?? No telling how long the gate has been stuck shut but this has been unbelievably stubborn. Anyone been there done that? Thanks


try checking the control arms on the latch,,,, mine were rusted through and i replaced them and not a problem now...the control arms are two pieces of flat metal that extend from the center latch to each side of the door...hope this helps.......

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Old 04-14-2001, 11:19 PM
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strangedawg has nailed the trouble. sounds like the latch arm pivots are frozen. some times body flex is the culprit. park wag on a level spot. hold the release leverup and have an assistant in the wayback kick against the t/g. if this fails a long scewdriver can be used to trip the latches inside the t/g. once the gate is open, you' ve got several hours of restoration ahead of you. its a common problem esp for us rust belters. post questions and search the archives.

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Old 04-15-2001, 11:44 AM
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Man you guys are going through all this trouble trying to open your gates and I just got finished bolting mine closed. My hinges have rusted away so this kept my gate from clunking after every bump and has since gotten rid of a few headaches.

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Old 04-15-2001, 05:32 PM
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Jeepfreak,many's the times ve been tempted to to do just that. but it would greatly reduce the wags utility. i find that once i had repaired the t/gs many problems, regular usage has kept it working well.

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