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SmithJGC 11-09-2012 01:14 PM

'98 Liftgate Help
Hello All,
I am new to the Forum and new to Jeep ownership.

I was hoping someone could help me open my liftgate manually. I've tried to remove screws from the inside access to trigger latch but have been unsuccessful in getting liftgate cover off.

The liftgate handle on the exterior seems to be out of adjustment and will not open.

Any advise is appreciated.

Thank you!

~ SmithJGC

cheapjeep 11-11-2012 07:45 AM

Re: '98 Liftgate Help
This is a common issue with the ZJ. This might help. new to forum-and, can't get hatch open!! - Forums

Ttnc 12-21-2012 05:37 AM

Re: '98 Liftgate Help
Mine is hard to open and seems like it wont open, but if you push in on the hatch down close to the handle and at the same time lift the handle it works. Hope this helps.

SmithJGC 02-14-2013 10:25 AM

Re: '98 Liftgate Help
Thank you for the input - I was able to get it open and repair the problem.

Problem = detached arm from the handle

ZJ JIM 96 03-16-2013 12:29 AM

Re: '98 Liftgate Help
After fixing this the 3rd time, I finally cut out the whole carpeted area of the interior panel, put a piano hinge along the top and velcro "latches" at the bottom for easy access the next time I had to deal with it. Paid off about a dozen more times.

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