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Sorry we had a pet malfucntion as I was typing. My 97 Jeep Cherokee has a latch mechanism that is stuck in the locked position and I cannot close the tail gate door. Is there anyway to access the tailgate latch mechanism without compromising the integrity of the plastic panel that covers the inside of the lift gate?

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SOURCE: Jeep Cherokee sport, husband broke

you can remove those bars to shut the gate BUT when you do theres nothing to hold gate from dropping all the way down to bumper. hope this helps!!!!

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