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foggy 10-15-2011 10:10 PM

Tailgate opens / closes by itself
 
I got a strange tailgate issue. The tailgate will open / close on its own....sometimes repeatably. It may stand for 15 minutes or so....then the gate starts operating. This generally only happens when I have a trailer hooked up. Also, sometimes the doors have locked / unlocked by themselves too.....although not lately. I've also had a few start-ups that are unexplained (but it could be key fob related? unsure about this).

I've had it into the dealer on several occasions and they have run updates on the electronic stuff....but I have been afraid that I will come back to a vehicle with the tailgate open and the doors unlocked. Worse yet....it's an intermittent problem....and gets hard to replicate on demand.

Anyone read about another person with this problem? Advice?

walterhudson 10-16-2011 12:25 AM

Re: Tailgate opens / closes by itself
 
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cloud11244 10-16-2011 05:19 AM

Re: Tailgate opens / closes by itself
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by foggy (Post 499390)
I got a strange tailgate issue. The tailgate will open / close on its own....sometimes repeatably. It may stand for 15 minutes or so....then the gate starts operating. This generally only happens when I have a trailer hooked up. Also, sometimes the doors have locked / unlocked by themselves too.....although not lately. I've also had a few start-ups that are unexplained (but it could be key fob related? unsure about this).

I've had it into the dealer on several occasions and they have run updates on the electronic stuff....but I have been afraid that I will come back to a vehicle with the tailgate open and the doors unlocked. Worse yet....it's an intermittent problem....and gets hard to replicate on demand.

Anyone read about another person with this problem? Advice?

This is probably not the reason, but sometimes if you have the keyfob in your pocket while outside but in the vicinity of the car, the buttons on the keyfob get pressed in your pocket without you realizing it. This has happened to me.

ColdCase 10-16-2011 08:49 AM

Re: Tailgate opens / closes by itself
 
If you throw your cell phone in the same pocket as your key fob, something like this happens (buttons get pressed). Is there any difference in the key fob environment when you have the trailer hooked up? If not, its perhaps time for a visit to the dealer....

foggy 10-23-2011 11:01 PM

Re: Tailgate opens / closes by itself
 
It's not the fob issue stated....allthough I have experienced that too. I have had it into the dealership a few times for this problem....but so far it is not resolved. Afraid to leave it with a trailer connected and valuables inside. Frustrating.

Trucker81 04-22-2017 08:41 PM

My tailgate on my 2015 Cherokee Trailhawk opens and closes by itself all the time recently opened as I was backing out the garage smash my garage door bent the whole liftgate won't close now or lock in Jeep tells me it's not their problem when there's an open recall on the back hatch

mountain95 04-30-2017 09:48 PM

Re: Tailgate opens / closes by itself
 
May not apply to this instance but I had similar gremlins in a Dodge Caravan. In addition to locking/unlocking doors, opening the doors, etc. it would also turn on the windshield wipers randomly. After many trips to the dealer they finally found it to be a bad wiring harness. They had to keep it for a 1 1/2 weeks while the replaced the entire wiring harness. Once I did get it back all gremlins were gone and never had another issue with it.


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