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Tailgate won't open and yes the window is down all the way. When I pull the inside handle the latches don't disengage from the striker. I figure that the connecting rods are stretched. Any recommendations on how to get the tailgate open so I can work on it? Perhaps a link to a "how to" from someone that has done this before?
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..If the glass is clear of the shell, but you can't open the t/g, remove the inside access panel & pull these 2 rods inward. Either unclip them from the center mechanism, or pull them like bow strings to release each latch. Make sure the glass isnt so high that it engages the campers groove, or it could break. If it wont come down, unbolt the slides from the glass, or the motor from the regulator to lower the glass..." Miesk5 Note, the bars are referred to as the Latch Rods in most diagrams
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If the latch rods accessible with the window down all the way I'll be good to go! Can I bend a kink into the rods like in the front doors to shorten them or will I need to replace them?
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Once you get it opened up and can get the tailgate latches to release, I suspect that there is a bind in the release. I had one that was all rusty and stuck. Lost of lube and a couple of hours later it was working just fine. Also, if it is sticky, pulling hard on the release handle will bend the release arm.

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Chances are the torsion rod bracket is broke so the torsion rod is out of place and not allowing the window to go down the extra two inches to engage the pull rod for the latch.

I fixed this issue on mine by pulling the latch open as if the window pulled the latch rod down and ran a screw through the gate keeping the latch mechanism open as if the window is always down.

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mine wouldn't open one side and barley would the other after to or three pulls. the rods where too long or something along those lines. I put a bend in the rods to shorten them down just a bit. worked right ever since.

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Thanks for the advice.
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